'Concussion' raising head injury awareness

Film brings attention to concussions

NEW PRAGUE, Minn. - Kayla Meyer, 20, of New Prague didn't set out to be an advocate for concussion awareness.

By the time she was able to put on skates, Meyer set out to be a hockey player.

By 2009, she played left and right wing for her high school hockey team. She suffered two concussions during two separate practices.

"I've been battling a constant headache ever since. I'm sensitive to noise, vibration, fatigue. I have difficulty falling asleep. I've just been on every medication," said Meyer.

"I couldn't play the sport that I loved anymore," Meyer said.

Since then, Meyer has worked alongside the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. She testified on behalf of a Senate bill that increases concussion awareness among parents and coaches. The bill, which restricts when injured athletes can return to play, passed.

On Thursday, Meyer watched an early screening of the new Sony Pictures film, "Concussion."

Actor Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a real-life forensic pathologist who investigates brain damage in former pro football players.

"It was phenomenal. I really, really enjoyed it," said Meyer.

"This movie is another good thing. It's another way to get the word out and to inform people [about concussions] and that's what I want most to happen," said Meyer.

Omalu will serve as the next Inspiring Minds Speaker for Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park.

The event, in partnership with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, is happening on Thursday, February 25, 2016. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Beth El Synagogue, located on 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.


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