We learned so much from Dr. David Martin about concussions today! The takeaway is this: a concussion is a Traumatic Brain Injury…a serious condition that needs to be evaluated and treated by a medical professional. If your child is involved in athletics, particularly full-contact sports, make sure that his or her coaches and athletic trainers take concussions seriously! The new Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act requires the following from all public middle and high schools:
1. Mandatory concussion education is required for all parents, coaches, administrators, and athletes to read & sign annually.
2. If an athlete displays any signs or symptoms of concussion during competition or practice, they are immediately removed from play and not allowed to return-to-play that day. Prior to returning to sport, they must be evaluated and cleared by a medical provider with training in concussion management.
3. A venue-specific Emergency Action Plan is required for each facility hosting athletic events.
You’ll find lots of Sports Medicine related information here: http://www.nasm.org/
For more information about Dr. Martin and the incredible Sports Medicine Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, visit: http://www.wfu.edu/sportsmedicine/about.html
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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