Coaches, Parents Offered Brain Injury Information at "Cutting Edge Concussion Summit" Conference

Children’s of Alabama was host to the inaugural “Cutting Edge Concussion Summit- Maintaining the Competitive Edge” on Friday, June 13, at 8 a.m. in its Bradley Lecture Center. The Summit attracted approximately 200 attendees.

The day-long conference was open to the public and hosted by UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s in conjunction with the Wise Up! Initiative. The conference featured presentations geared to coaches, athletic trainers and parents. Sessions included Critical Changes in Concussion Culture, Epidemiology of Sports and Recreation-Related TBI, and a panel discussion on Prolonged Recovery from Concussion among others.

“The evolution of concussion legislation and best practice is ongoing,” said Drew Ferguson, director of UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama. “It’s imperative to understand how young athletes are affected by concussion symptoms in both the short term and the long term. The more parents, athletic trainers and coaches know about concussions, the safer our young athletes will be.”

Speakers included former college and NFL players including John Parker Wilson, Chris Redman and Tyler Watts as well as representatives from the CDC, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Johnston and Alabama High School Athletic Association Director, Steve Savarese. Topics that were addressed included Return-to-Play and Return-to –Think legislature as well as helmet standards, diagnosis and management of concussions and establishing a multi-disciplinary concussion program. Joel Stitzel and Alex Powers from Wake Forest University presented their groundbreaking research on impact biomechanics of youth football.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past four years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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