In an effort to educate all people involved in youth sports including all parents, players, coaches, and volunteers there will be a Heads Up! Concussion in Youth Sports Program held on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center and again on October 3 at the Harang Municipal Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
In 2011, the Louisiana Legislature passed the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act Number 314, a law requiring concussion awareness education for all people involved with youth sports. The act is a proactive movement to educate families and institutions on how to better serve and protect Louisiana’s youth. This law not only requires the athletes and their parents to receive education but also requires coaches and volunteers to take courses annually regarding concussions prior to participation.
The Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) Louisiana Council and The Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) have joined forces with Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government (TPCG), Terrebonne General Medical Center and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center to provide an educational information program on Concussion Awareness, Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion, Evaluation and Return to Play as well as a physician panel discussion following the presentation.
“Our goal is to reach as many members of our community who are involved in youth sports and provide this much needed concussion awareness education in accordance with the law,” said Earl Eues, chairman of the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Region 3 commission as well as TPCG Emergency Response Director. “Concussion awareness is very important and this education can save lives,” Eues added.
Some interesting facts about concussions include:
* Most concussions occur without any loss of consciousness
* Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion.
* Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
* In rare cases, repeat concussions in young athletes can result in brain swelling or permanent damage to their brain.
* Concussions can be fatal.
For more information about the Concussion Act 314 visit LERN.la.gov.
Posted on Wed, September 11, 2013