Concussion seminar set for Oct. 26 in Visalia
VISALIA – Concussions, which impact millions of people in the U.S.
every year and are a rapidly growing epidemic among young athletes, will
be the topic of a Wellness & You seminar on Thursday, Oct. 26, in Visalia.
The seminar, presented by Kaweah Delta, will take place at 6 p.m. at The
Lifestyle Center, 5105 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia. Admission is free and
registration is not required.
Presenters Tara Norman and Rosalie Avila, both physical therapists at Kaweah
Delta’s Rehabilitation Hospital, will cover topics including:
• What is a concussion?
• What happens to your brain and body after a concussion?
• What are the long-term effects of multiple concussions?
• Why it is important to rest after even a mild concussion?
• What is Second Impact Syndrome?
• What are the California Interscholastic Federation guidelines for
return to play?
• What can parents and family members do to assist in concussion
management and healing?
Concussions are complex injuries with a wide range of outcomes and effect
broad spectrum of people, from youth and high school athletes to those
involved in accidents to elderly who have suffered a fall, Norman said.
There is no simple timetable for recovery. While some recover in days,
others can take weeks or months and some may endure long-term effects.
“It’s more than just getting your bell rung,” Norman
said. “There is science behind it.”
According to the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Concussion Program,
two in every 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer
a concussion this year. And five in 10 of those who suffer a concussion
will go unreported or undiagnosed. Awareness and education are keys to
getting crucial treatment for a concussion, Avila said.
“I think the more you know about it, the more prepared you are to
suspect a concussion,” Avila said.