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'The Crash Reel' documentary draws attention to brain injuries

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A new documentary is drawing attention to what many call the silent epidemic -- traumatic brain injuries.

Vermonter Kevin Pearce reveals his rise to success and tragic fall that changed his life forever in "The Crash Reel." While training for the 2010 Olympics, a scary fall in a half-pipe left Pearce with a TBI.

He is now using his celebrity and his story to spread the word about what it's like to have these invisible wounds. The Brain Injury Association of Vermont says his work is helping to educate the public about the growing problem among athletes, soldiers and everyday people.

"Emergency Room data shows that 3,500 Vermonters are diagnosed with a head injury every year. Many of them are concussions and they are sent home, but 300 to 400 will be hospitalized," says Trevor Squirrell with the Brain Injury Association of Vermont.

Squirrell says there are currently 9,000 Vermonters living with TBI's. The CDC reports 50,000 Americans die from these injuries every year.

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