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WPAHS Experts Conduct Concussion Management Seminar

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Specialists from the West Penn Allegheny Health System Concussion Management Center will host a free educational program to help coaches, athletic trainers, parents and others involved in the care of youth athletes learn the proper way to handle sports-related concussions.

Guidelines for Initial Concussion Management, will be presented from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, in Allegheny General Hospital’s Magovern Auditorium. Free parking and light refreshments will be provided.

The program will address Pennsylvania’s Safety and Youth Sports Act unanimously passed by the Senate last fall to ensure proper care for student athletes who suffer concussions in school-sponsored activities by requiring those who exhibit concussion symptoms to be removed from play until cleared by an appropriate and qualified medical professional. The new law takes effect July 1.

In addition, the seminar will feature information on management of concussion symptoms and innovations in concussion care.

A long-standing leader in both the neurosciences and sports medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) offers expert care for mild traumatic brain injuries through its Concussion Management Center. The Center is also focused on improving concussion diagnosis and treatment through research and the development of testing alternatives that don’t require baseline data.

Allegheny General Hospital provides athletic training and medical oversight to 15 high schools and several colleges in the region and serves as the official medical provider for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A primary goal of the Center’s educational mission is to help athletes, coaches and parents more readily identify and respond to the warning signs of concussion.

To register for the seminar, contact Jodi Scanlon at 412.359.3326 or jscanlo3@wpahs.org.

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