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Concussions, sports take center stage Saturday in Austin Special

By Cadie Carroll     Mar 1, 2013 in Health
Austin - From young children making their first play on the field to highly paid professional athletes, the risk of concussions and how to treat such injuries have emerged as THE sports medicine issue of our time.
Complicating matters is the fact that addressing this problem has become something of a moving target.
For that reason, Concussion Health will try to provide much needed clarity to the concussion issue on March 2 when its subsidiary Concussion Compliance stages a day-long national symposium entitled Bridging the Gap on Best-Practices in Concussion Management.
The symposium, which will be held at the Norris Conference Center in Austin, Texas, aims to provide an overview of the current best practices and consensus statements on concussion management, the latest scientific research, updates on tools available to practitioners, and perspectives from experts in the field.
Concussion Health is ideally situated to host such events, given it growing presence in the industry, where it enables hospitals, outpatient clinics and sports organizations to expand their practice and successfully provide comprehensive concussion management services.
Chair of the Symposium Program Planning Committee Theodore Spinks is a board certified neurosurgeon and currently serves on the CDC Expert Panel for Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
“The symposium… encourages education and discussion, bringing together medical experts and practitioners, to help bridge the gap between what we know today as best available science and how to implement guidelines into best critical practice,” Spinks said.
The symposium is geared toward anyone interested in concussion management, such as physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, school administrators and even the general public.
Spinks, who also served on the Texas Medical Association Committee on Concussions in Athletes during the last session of the Texas Legislature, said that with an estimated 300,000 sports related concussions annually in the United States, the consequences of an improperly diagnosed or untreated concussion cannot be overlooked.
“The need for education is unprecedented,” he said. “The symposium focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to concussion management… Communication and education that crosses traditional boundaries are key factors to providing good concussion treatment for our young athletes.”
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Steven Erickson, a medical consultant for Major League Baseball, who will present on the latest guidelines for best practices in concussion management.
Erickson, who also serves on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee as well as the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, is also the Medical Director at Banner Concussion Center.
The event will feature an exhibit hall showcasing the newest technology, practice service, practice information and pharmaceuticals.
In addition, there will be a reading of Proclamation from Governor Rick Perry’s office naming March as Concussion Awareness Month in Texas.
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