Crash Reel Star Kevin Pearce Speaks His Mind in Brain Matters Podcast

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Kevin Pearce with Podcast host Chris Delenick

South Portland, Maine (January 23, 2013) – Alpha One, Maine’s Center for Independent Living (CIL), today launched the second episode of the “Brain Matters Podcast"; a magazine-style show dedicated to engaging the community by covering issues faced by individuals with brain injury, their family members, clinicians, and professionals.

The second episode focuses on winter sports injuries. Every year Maine sees its share of accidents from winter sports ranging from sprains and strains to broken bones and head injuries. Data from the National Ski Areas Association illustrates that people who are likely to engage in high risk behavior (males, late teens to early 30’s) are most likely to have a fatal injury while skiing or snowboarding. Among the guests discussing this important subject in this episode will be Kevin Pearce, snowboarder, brain injury survivor, and subject of the HBO documentary, “The Crash Reel.”

On New Year’s Eve 2009, while training for the Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, and practicing a trick on the half-pipe that would guarantee him a medal if successfully executed, Kevin suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. Although he was wearing a helmet, the accident left Kevin in critical condition and he was in a coma for a week.

"Kevin’s story illustrates clearly that brain injury is non-discriminatory in that it can affect people of all ages and result in life-long consequences,” says podcast host, Chris Delenick.

“It is our sincere hope that the Brain Matters podcast will help broaden the discussion around concussion, MTBI, and closed-head injuries and how they occur more increasingly in our everyday lives.” added Dennis Fitzgibbons, Alpha One’s Executive Director.

“The Crash Reel” is being shown at Space Gallery in Portland on Saturday, January 25th, for the general public. A Space Gallery member appreciation event takes place on Friday 24th; doors open at 7pm both nights. Chris Delenick from Brain Matters will be on-site in the lobby both nights to answer any questions.

Brain Matters is available for download in the iTunes music store or can be streamed online at www.brainmattersme.org . Podcast host Chris Delenick is an occupational therapist and independent living specialist at Alpha One.

 

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