Children's Medical Center and Studio Movie Grill Present "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*"

Latest in unique movie series examines dangers of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs

DALLAS (July 29, 2011) – Children’s Medical Center (www.childrens.com) and Studio Movie Grill Plano will present a public screening of “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*,” the second installment of their “Reel Docs” film series on Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The critically acclaimed documentary explores the sub-culture of steroid use in American athletics, as well as the severe health risks associated with performance-enhancing drugs.

Dr. Robert Dimeff and Dr. Shane Miller from Children’s will present the award-winning documentary as part of the “Reel Docs” series, which is a presentation of documentary films centered on health issues affecting children and teens. The previous film, “Temple Grandin,” examined autism.

Dimeff and Miller are both sports medicine physicians in the Orthopedic Surgery Division at Children’s, which provides specialized care for any injury or condition affecting athletic participation. Additionally, Dimeff is a professor of orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as the past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Miller serves as an assistant professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at UT Southwestern.

“Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” will open with Dimeff and Miller giving a brief 10-minute introduction. Following the film, they will answer questions from the audience about performance-enhancing drugs. The “Reel Docs” series is intended to offer the public a chance to ask the hospital’s experts about health topics relevant to both parents and children.

“There are many harmful side effects associated with anabolic steroid use, including stunted growth, depression, and high blood pressure, some of which may be permanent even after stopping steroid use,” Miller said. “The effects of anabolic steroids on young and growing athletes may be even more significant than those experienced by adults due to changes in normal puberty and development.”

“Between three and 10 percent of high school students admit to having tried steroids, meaning that hundreds of thousands of students are putting their lives at risk for improved athletic performance and appearance,” Dimeff added. “It is important to generate a discussion regarding the consequences of steroid use for teen athletes.”

From the producers of “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine,” “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” follows director Chris Bell and his two brothers as they experience these consequences of steroid use first hand, and explore our “win-at-all-costs” culture. The film was screened at the Tribeca and Sundance film festivals, and has been praised as an insightful and entertaining examination of America’s love affair with steroids.

Studio Movie Grill Plano is located at 4721 W. Park Blvd. Ste. 100, Plano, Texas 75093.

About Children’s Medical Center

Children's Medical Center is private, not-for-profit and is the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children’s was the state’s first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center. For more information about Children’s, please visit www.childrens.com.