Posted on August 24, 2010

 

Sports Concussion: Know the Facts! a free sports injury prevention seminar for middle and high school-age kids will take place on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich.  The program, which is presented by the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education and the OGRCC, is open to students, parents, coaches and trainers.  Neurosurgeon Dr. Scott Simon and Greenwich High School athletic trainer and concussion management coordinator/ImPACT test supervisor Peter Falla will discuss the latest concussion management strategies and the ImPACT Test. The seminar is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.  Registration is required. Call (203) 637-3659 or email ogrcc.execasst@yahoo.com to register.

The ONS Foundation wants to raise awareness about the risk of concussion and help educate athletes and their parents about concussion signs and symptoms. “Concussions are the hot topic in the NFL and on high school and college campuses across the country,” says Dr. Simon. “Concussion is the most common type of brain injury sustained in sports and most concussions do NOT involve a loss of consciousness. Many people don’t realize that you can sustain a concussion even if you don’t hit your head. Multiple concussions can have cumulative and long-lasting life consequences.”

The ImPACT test is a computerized neurocognitive assessment used by coaches, athletic trainers, doctors, and other health professionals to assist them in determining an athlete’s fitness to return to play after suffering a concussion.

Sports Concussion: Know the Facts!, is the first seminar in the fall series of programs presented by the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education. Orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and sports medicine specialists of the ONS Foundation will present lectures on topics including sports concussion, preventing running injuries, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, arthritis and ski injury prevention. The seminars are part of the Foundation’s education initiative which sponsors programs for adults and youths throughout the year.