forum is Thursday
Grangeville Physical Therapy and the SMH Grangeville Medical Clinic remind area coaches, student athletes and parents about the ‘Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports’ this Thursday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grangeville High School library.
Survey findings from a national poll on children’s health conducted by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital indicated that 81% of parents of school aged children, 12-17, who engaged in school sports felt that coaches should be educated about the risks of concussions. “Parent involvement in guarding against repeat concussions is critical. Most concussions do not result in loss of consciousness, and symptoms may not occur until several hours after the injury. If young athletes are afraid of losing playing time, thy may not be honest with the coach or trainer about their symptoms.” said Sarah J. Clark, associate director of the poll and a research assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.
“Sports are a great way for our students to stay in shape and develop a life time habit of good exercise, but it is so important to protect them from injuries and know the signs and symptoms of concussions and what to do afterwards, so we don’t put them at higher risk of long term complications,” said Gary McEwen, PT, who will be conducting the forum using materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The forum is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Grangeville Physical Therapy, St Mary’s Hospital and the SMH Grangeville Medical Clinic. For more information call Grangeville PT, 983-2241.