Concussion topic of upcoming free seminar
     2015-04-02      By The Gering Citizen   
LINCOLN — The Concussion Awareness Act, LB260 signed into law in 2012, has had a positive effect on creating understanding, watchfulness and prevention of future serious brain injuries through the correct management of concussions. Most public schools in Nebraska have a formal training and written policy for removal and return of athletes with suspected concussions.

But when you send your child out on the community or club fields this spring, will the sports leaders and coaches have the same familiarity with how a concussion should best be managed or the protocols that will keep your son or daughter safe?

The Nebraska Concussion Coalition, co-led by the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, wants all coaches to have the knowledge and training to properly treat athletes who have suspected concussions.
A seminar, “Working to Change the Culture of Concussion” in Nebraska” will be held on Sunday, April 12 in Grand Island, from 6-8 p.m. at CHI Health St. Francis, 2620 W. Faidley Ave., Conference Rooms 2-3. The seminar is free of charge, but those who want to attend must register due to space restrictions.

The same seminar will be held in Lincoln on Tuesday, May 12 from 6-8 p.m.

All concussions are brain injuries. Many first concussions are mild and will resolve themselves within a few weeks. But some concussions in young athletes can result in long-term or lifetime physical, mental, emotional and health problems.

The culture of sports today negatively influences athletes’ self-reporting of concussion symptoms and their adherence to return-to-play guidance. Athletes, their teammates and, in some cases, coaches and parents may not fully appreciate the health threats posed by concussions.

Head injuries in sports can’t always be prevented, but sports leaders, coaches and parents should be working to change the culture and keep our young athletes healthy. The seminar is free of charge. Registration for both Grand Island and Lincoln sessions can be completed at http://bit.ly/sportsleader. For questions regarding the training, contact Cindy via email at cindy@biane.org.

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