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Nowinski Coming to NECC

Former professional wrestler and Harvard University graduate Christopher Nowinski will be coming to NECC’s Haverhill campus on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to educate and promote awareness on sports-related concussions.  Nowinski worked as a wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment from 2001-2003. He won the WWE Hardcore Championship twice, becoming the youngest Hardcore Champion in the company’s history. Playing sports in college and wrestling, Nowinski was surrounded by concussions all the time, whether he was getting them or watching friends suffer from them.

After his wrestling career, Nowinski went on to publish “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis” in Oct. 2006, which looked at the effects of head trauma among athletes. Many NFL players and wrestlers took part in the book. It became so popular that is was made into a documentary.  Nowinski has made appearances on ESPN and CNN to talk about his book and is now coming to NECC to talk more in-depth about long-term head trauma and concussions. He will be in the Hartleb Technology Center at 7 p.m. with a 60 minute presentation and a question-and-answer period afterwards. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact Carolyn Knoepfler, PhD, NECC’s assistant dean of math and science at 978-556-3541 or