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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Offers Free Sports Concussion Seminar and Safety Tips to help prevent Sports-Related Concussions
 
April 3, 2014
Media Contact:
Ashley Culver
(615) 322-4747
ashley.culver@vanderbilt.edu

Doctors at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt want to help prevent sports-related concussions by offering important safety tips and hosting a free educational seminar open to parents, coaches, school administrators and health educators. The seminar is made possible by generous support from Rawlings Football.

The seminar will be held on Friday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, Tenn. Experts from the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center will discuss long-term effects, the importance of baseline testing and more. Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty David Liddle, M.D., assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Gary Solomon, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and Neurological Surgery, and Allen Sills, M.D., associate professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, will be presenting at the seminar.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, sports and recreational activities contribute to about 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 300,000 sport-related concussions occur annually in the United States.

“We at the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center are excited about the April workshop in Franklin,” said Solomon. “With an unrestricted educational grant from Rawlings, the goal of the workshop is to educate coaches, parents, health care professionals, and school/youth league administrators about concussion in sports. We have presented this workshop in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jackson, and look forward to meeting with folks in the Franklin area.”

Concussions can occur in any sport, so all athletes, coaches and parents should know concussion signs and symptoms and have an action plan if a concussion occurs.

Concussion signs and symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Feeling like “in a fog”
  • “Don’t feel right”
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • More emotional
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Feeling nervous or anxious

What to do if you suspect a concussion:

  • Remove the athlete from play.
  • Do not let the athlete return to play, even if they insist they feel fine.
  • Have the athlete evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.

The upcoming sports safety seminar is one of many Vanderbilt-led efforts to help prevent sports-related injuries, including the Vanderbilt’s CoachSmart App and pre-concussion baseline tests for young athletes.



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