The occasional scrapes and bruises you expected from your child playing youth sports, but what about a concussion? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 38 million kids who play organized sports, one in 10 will suffer a sports or recreation-related concussion each year.
What do you do in the aftermath of blow to a head? When is it safe to back to playing? Is there a test for that?
These are the questions that a panel of pediatric and sports experts will answer on July 18 at a free program at the Robert J. Collins Arena at in Lincroft. The program is sponsored by the Athletic Department at Brookdale Community College, the Concussion Rx Care Program at , and the Sports Medicine Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Experts from each of the three sponsors will be featured speakers at the event entitled .
"A concussion is a brain injury and should never be passed off as just a ‘bump on the head,'" said Dr. David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and President of db Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Lincroft. "We have been hearing more and more about how concussions are not only sidelining our children for a few weeks, but are also causing severe, long-lasting health effects and potential life-threatening injuries. That is why we felt it was so important to come together as a community and make sure everyone – parents and coaches alike – are completely educated about concussion prevention, identification and treatment."
In addition to Dr. Bertone, featured speakers for the program include:
- Stephen Rice, M.D., board certified pediatrician and director of Pediatric Sports Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Sports Medicine Center
- James Anderson, ATC, head athletic trainer at Brookdale Community College
Dr. Rice will discuss the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and the potentially fatal consequences of Second Impact Syndrome. Mr. Anderson will review how coaches can conduct proper sideline assessments of potentialconcussions.
Dr. Bertone will explain the concussion recovery and rehabilitation process. In addition, Dr. Bertone will discuss the often confusing “return to play” methods, and how comprehensive concussion baseline testing with a balance component is the only way to determine a safe time to return to play following a concussion.
Program registration is required online at www.concussionrxcare.com, or by calling 732-747-1262. The first 100 program registrants will receive Comprehensive Concussion Baseline Testing for their children at a reduced cost. In addition, all recreation programs, school programs and groups that attend will receive a reduced group rate for concussion baseline testing.
The program will be from 7 – 9 p.m. on July 18.