August 09, 2013
Bronson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will host two free Concussion Discussion events on August 13 and 15 to educate those involved in youth athletics about concussion signs, symptoms and treatments.
The events will help coaches, employees, trainers and volunteers comply with a new Michigan law that requires adults involved with a youth athletic activity to understand the signs and dangers of concussions. The legislation, passed in June, also aims to regulate when and if youth should return to athletic activity after a head injury.
“We want to help adults and student athletes understand how to prevent concussions from occurring, but also how to determine the severity and respond appropriately when they do occur,” said Robert Baker, MD, of Bronson HealthCare Midwest Sports Medicine.
According to a national report published by Safe Kids Worldwide, there were 163,670 concussion diagnoses seen in Emergency Departments in 2012. Almost half of them occurred in children ages 12 to 15.
The Concussion Discussions will be held Tuesday, August 13 at Paw Paw High School on 30609 E. Red Arrow Hwy and on Thursday, August 15 at Portage Central High School on 8135 S. Westnedge Ave.
To register, visit bronsonhealth.com/classes or call (269) 341-7723. For more information about the event or sports injuries, call Bronson’s athletic training staff at (269) 343-8170, ext. 5322.