On Wednesday, February 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., The Valley Hospital Sports Institute will host a free concussion awareness seminar for coaches, parents, and recreation/athletic directors. Guest speakers will be Valley Neurosurgeon William C. Fox, M.D.; and Steve Kennelly, MEd, ATC, assistant head athletic trainer for the NY Giants.
The event will be hosted by a panel of certified athletic trainers on staff at Valley’s Sports Institute:
• Don Tomaszewksi, MS, ATC, Director, The Valley Hospital Sports Institute
• Karen Karosy, M.Ed., ATC, athletic trainer at Indian Hills High School
• Bill Walsh, ATC, athletic trainer at Bergen Catholic High School
• Maggie Duer, MS, ATC, athletic trainer, Mahwah High School
• Sarah Edge, MS, ATC, athletic trainer, Ramapo High School
The seminar will include a discussion of second impact syndrome, post-concussion syndrome, and return to play guidelines; a question and answer session; and information and resources on concussion awareness and management.
Attendees will receive certificates of participation. Coffee and a light snack will be provided.
The event will be held in the hospital’s auditorium. Space is limited. To register for the free seminar please call 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800-825-5391).
For more information about the Sports Institute and the concussion ImPACT testing please call 201-447-8133.
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are most commonly caused by a bump or blow to the head, but, can also be caused by a sudden deceleration or acceleration of the head. In either scenario, the brain, suspended inside the skull and surrounded by fluid, continues to travel with momentum until it “bangs” up against the skull – causing a brain-bruising injury – or concussion. What may seem to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right after the injury, or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away. Common symptoms include: headache, dizziness, feeling foggy, nausea, fatigue and confusion. Common signs include memory loss, a loss of balance and coordination, and changes in personality. Concussion severity varies widely, and the number of signs and symptoms vary also – serious injuries may show few symptoms.
Although less common, bleeding in the brain can occur with some head injuries. Loss of consciousness, mental status deterioration and worsening symptoms raise the concern for a bleeding injury. An athlete does not need to lose consciousness (black out) to suffer a concussion. In fact, less than 10 percent of concussed athletes lose consciousness.
An athlete who suffers a concussion can be at risk for a condition known as Second Impact Syndrome if he or she returns to sports before full recovery. Second impact syndrome is a life-threatening condition in which a second concussion occurs before a first concussion has properly healed, causing rapid and severe brain swelling. Second impact syndrome can result from even a very mild concussion that occurs days or weeks after the initial concussion.
The Valley Hospital Sports Institute is an ImPACT testing provider. The ImPACT Concussion Management Test is an innovative computerized evaluation system that assesses the effects and severity of a concussion and helps determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to contact sports following a concussion. For more information about ImPACT testing, please call the Sports Institute at 201-447-8133.