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Published on September 12, 2012

Free Program Addresses Sports-Related Concussions

Sports Concussion: Guidelines for Parents and Coaches. with Dr Daniel Dickerson & Adam Rolf, DPT Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm
In years past it seemed as though having a concussion was "just a part of the game". It didn’t elicit much concern. However, today we know the long term impact concussions can cause.

What is not well known is the difficulty physicians have in treating concussions when they don’t know the "normal brain activity" of their patient. That is about to change.

If you are the parent or coach of athlete, cheerleader, dance team or any type of activity that may put yourself or your child at risk of concussion, you want to attend this special program:

Sports Concussion: Guidelines for Parents and Coaches
Wednesday September 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Eudora Family Care physician Daniel Dickerson, MD, Ph.D., and Adam Rolf, DPT, ATC, from LMH Therapy Services will present current information about sports-related concussions in the free presentation, “Sports Concussion: Guidelines for Parents and Coaches.” It will take place at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine St., Lawrence, on Wednesday, September 19, from 7-8 p.m. Because children, ages 10 to 19, account for about 70 percent of sports or recreation-related concussions, the presentation will cover information for parents and coaches on what causes concussions, how to recognize them and how they are treated. There will be time for questions.

This program is free, but advance enrollment is requested. To reserve a space, call ConnectCare at 785-749-5800.

Concussion Information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that concussions are a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). They are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Concussions are often difficult to recognize and many of them occur without the loss of consciousness but the effects can be extremely dangerous. People who have had a concussion may experience issues associated with memory, behavior, learning or emotions. Those who experience repeated brain trauma may experience chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that mimics dementia.

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