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Memorial Health System to Host Sports Concussion Seminar on 5/9

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Research on sports-related concussions has significantly increased in past years as a growing number of professional and amateur athletes have left sports due to head concussions. Traditional concussion assessment techniques such as asking athletes “Where are you?” or “How many fingers am I holding up?” no longer are deemed comprehensive enough to diagnose a concussion or make sound decisions regarding an athlete’s return to competition.

Memorial Health System’s Rehabilitation Center hosted a free sports concussion management seminar on Tuesday, May 9, 2010, in the Parkside Conference Room at Printers Park Medical Plaza—175 S. Union Blvd. Presenters are Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Michael Nunley and Certified Athletic Trainer Guy Ristoff.

Topics will include:

  • Prevalence of concussions in athletics
  • Symptoms related to acute and post-concussion syndromes
  • Mechanics of a concussion
  • Risk of second impact syndrome
  • Traditional vs. contemporary concussion management and return-to-play guidelines
  • Off-field effects of sports concussions
  • Introduction of the ImPACT concussion assessment tool*

*ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) is an advanced sports concussion assessment tool used by over 1,000 high schools, collegiate and Olympic programs—along with numerous professional organizations. ImPACT provides standard measures on brain processing, speed, memory and visual motor skills. The 20- to 30-minute computer-based test yields key data regarding an athlete’s normal brain functions, which can be compared/contrasted in a follow-up test if a head injury occurs. Memorial’s Sports Concussion Clinic is the only program in southern Colorado offering ImPACT as part of its sports concussion management program.

Contact 365-6543 with questions.