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OLBH Offers Concussion in Youth Sports Seminar
OLBH will host a free seminar titled “Concussions in Youth Sports: Diagnosis and Management” open to student athletes 12 years of age and older and their families and athletic directors, trainers and coaches. The event takes place Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. until noon in the auditorium at Bellefonte Pavilion (2000 Ashland Drive) on the OLBH campus.
Attendees of the event will learn of the dangers of concussions, the signs and symptoms and hear of the latest developments in concussion management. Speakers at the event include OLBH’s concussion management team members physician Kevin Howard, D.O., and physical therapist Wes Lauderback.
Also to be discussed at the seminar is the free neurocognitive testing offered to area athletes by Human Motion at OLBH. The testing involves a computer-based program designed to assess an athlete's brain function both before a concussion (via preseason baseline testing) and after a concussion (via post-injury testing). Comparing the baseline scores to the post-injury scores assists a physician in determining if/when the athlete is ready to return to sports.
OLBH’s concussion management team utilizes the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) software program. ImPACT is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system available. Attendees to the seminar will be able to schedule pre-season baseline testing.
Refreshments will be served at the seminar. To RSVP, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).