August 27, 2013 > The Washington Sports Medicine Program presents concussion training seminar
The Washington Sports Medicine Program presents concussion training seminar
Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photo by Mike Heightchew
Student athletes are subject to bumps, bruises and, unfortunately, concussions. On August 21, Washington Hospital's Sports Medicine Program presented a seminar to inform those who train, coach and supervise student athletes about detection and treatment of this type of traumatic brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head which can alter normal brain activity.
The seminar, hosted by former Cal Golden Bear and San Francisco 49er Ben Lynch and Cindy J. Chang, MD, California Concussion Coalition Co-Chair and Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 US Olympic team. Lynch and Chang spoke about sports-related concussions, how to identify their occurrence and what to do if a concussion is suspected.
Lynch discussed his past experiences when he played football; times he had to battle the effects of a concussion and ignore treatment options. Chang shared stories about the pressure put on professional athletes to play even when debilitated by concussions. As coaches and attendees asked questions following the presentation, the critical role of communication between athletes and team management personnel became evident.
From audience comments, it was apparent that many left the seminar with a new outlook on concussions and how "taking the hit" might just be a thing of the past.
For more information on concussions, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/