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Heads up: Public health efforts to prevent sports related concussions
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Playing sports and other recreational activities are common ways for youth to stay active and this provides a great health benefit. As they engage in these activities it is important to recognize that there are risks for injuries such as sports related concussions. These bumps, blows or jolts to the head have the potential to disrupt the normal function of the brain. Symptoms may appear mild but this injury can cause long term impairment that can affect memory, behavior, learning and emotions. Appropriate diagnosis, management and education are imperative while addressing concussions. This is a major public health issue and although strides are being made in prevention there is still more work to be done.
This session will uncover the challenges faced by these concussions and discuss the importance of employing a comprehensive and inclusive response to help prevent these injuries and deaths from occurring. Panelist will discuss a variety of topics including legislation, the federal response, community involvement and the need for further research. Their presentations will also highlight the utility of collaboration among all the invested entities including public health at all levels, youth, parents, coaches and athletic trainers. Ultimately this presentation will provide an overview of the severity of sports related concussions and will describe the need for a public health approach to provide an environment for youth to safely engage in sports.
Session Objectives: Explain the public health approach to preventing sports related concussions.
Discuss effective public health strategies for preventing concussions.
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Organized by: APHA
Endorsed by: Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, Chiropractic Health Care
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)