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Brain Injury Prevention: Concussions Take Center Stage

Parents, coaches and student athletes of all ages are invited to a free concussion-prevention and awareness event featuring nationally recognized speaker Chris Nowinski. The presentation is scheduled for March 11, 2014, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Indiana Tech in the Shaefer Center. Parkview Sports Medicine, Parkview Trauma Centers, Parkview Neurosciences and the Indiana Tech Law School have worked to organize the event in hopes of beginning a cultural change, highlighting the importance of concussion awareness and management. 

At the forefront of national sports and news media discussions, concussion and its potential effects on the human brain, both short and long term, have created a movement throughout the sports arena. Beginning with professional sports on down to the earliest of organized sporting activities for young children, coaches, organizers, parents and student athletes are beginning to take note of the dangers associated with concussions and the need for more awareness of symptoms and appropriate treatment upon diagnosis.

“While football receives a lot of the attention when discussing concussions, the risk of being concussed is a reality in most sports, especially those that involve contact of any form,” said Eric Jenkinson, M.D., medical director, Parkview Sports Medicine. “The awareness, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation associated with concussions must be a collaborative effort of everyone involved. From a medical perspective, there are many specialties that work closely together when managing a patient suffering from a concussion. That’s why three specialized areas from Parkview have partnered and are passionate about raising awareness in hopes of creating a positive change in this region.”

“A cultural shift away from the ‘warrior mentality’ that has permeated football, hockey and other contact sports for so long is critical at this moment in history,” said andré douglas pond cummings, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Indiana Tech Law School.  “A much more educated and careful approach must be taken when young athletes suffer brain trauma, including giving ample time for the brain to heal, so that we can begin to avoid some of the very damaging outcomes experienced in recent years by retired National Football League players like Junior Seau and Jim McMahon.  This program will provide some of that necessary education.”  

Presenter Chris Nowinski founded the Sports Legacy Institute in an effort to solve the sports concussion crisis. A former football player at Harvard University and WWE® professional wrestler, he was forced to retire following a series of concussions in 2003. Nowinski serves as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves on the National Football League Players Association Mackey/White TBI (traumatic brain injury) Research Committee and the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association of America.

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