Back to School: CDC Hosts Concussion Education Webinar

Aug 1, 2012, 2:50 PM

chool sports teams often start practicing in the late weeks of summer, so an upcoming webinar on August 7 (2:00 to 3:00 pm ET) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on assessing and treating possible concussions in kids from kindergarten through high school, is timely and important.

Presenters include Julie Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, B.R.A.I.N. Program Coordinator at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and Karen McAvoy, PsyD, at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.

Webinar topics include the signs and symptoms of concussions and supporting kids returning to school after a concussion.

>>Register for the webinar.

Until very recently, concussions were often dismissed as relatively insignificant hazard of even pee wee sports. Emerging research shows that the injuries can cause life-long brain damage and that steps before and during play can prevent the injuries, or minimize harm after a concussion. Read news reports and interviews about concussions on NewPublicHealth.

CDC has also just released a concussion awareness public service announcement (PSA) featuring former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. Find other CDC concussion awareness resources here.

>>Bonus Webinar Link: The Network for Public Health Law is co-sponsoring holding a webinar on Model Aquatic Code (Thursday August 16 from 1–2 p.m. ET). Register here by 1 p.m. ET on August 14. The model code is designed to prevent drowning, injuries and the spread of recreational water illnesses at public swimming pools and spas. Presenters will discuss the goals, outcomes and benefits of the code and the role of public health officials in implementing these water safety provisions.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.