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UMass doctor Pierre Rouzier at ground zero of attack

Pierre Rouzier, a team physician for the UMass Athletic Department, has volunteered at the Boston Marathon five times and was at the finish line when the explosions occurred on Boylston Street Monday. Matt Vautour has his story of bravery and compassion.
When he heard the first blast, Rouzier thought it was a celebratory sound.

"My first thought was that it was one of those obnoxious touchdown cannons that you hear going off at a football game," he said. "I thought somebody's best friend finished the marathon and they brought in one of those little cannons. But it was way too loud for that. I was standing next to a tech guy who said, 'I wonder if one of our pieces of equipment just exploded.' "

But they saw the smoke billowing from the first blast and then heard the second.

Rouzier turned to fellow doctor Chad Beattie, and together they wondered whether they should stay put or head toward the blast. Not knowing if more explosions awaited them, the two ran toward the smoke. Rouzier texted his wife and sons: "I'm going to where the bomb went off. Say a prayer.

In a Gazette interview in Amherst Tuesday afternoon, Rouzier recalled Monday's dramatic events.

UMass Team Physician Dr. Rouzier On Risk Injuries

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New research suggests that some student athletes push themselves too hard. UMass sports medicine doctor Pierre Rouzier says media attention generated by regulations proposed in Massachusetts that aim to reduce concussions has already made a difference. A new study by the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine points to other risks like stress fractures--which Rouzier told WFCR's Susan Kaplan are typically related to the type and amount of activity.

Listen to Rouzier here: ListenNow.

Gazette's Concussion Series

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The sports collisions that make UMass athletics doctor Pierre Rouzier cringe used to make people laugh. Big hits that left players wobbly on the football field were almost punch lines - as if the wide-eyed, dazed looks were the result of too many beers and not a potential brain injury. Slapstick humor drew laughs for decades from head injuries every time Curly or Larry took a frying pan in the forehead from Moe, and sports was not much different. But as study after study has shown the scary potential of long-term effects of head injuries, concussions are no longer a punch line. The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a wonderful and information series on concussion. Read the various stories here: