Presented by Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation

 Yampa Valley Medical Center Board Room

 

Please join us for a concussion discussion with Dr. Dana Fitzgerald, Medical Director of Pediatrics at Yampa Valley Medical Center and an Assistant Professor with the University of Colorado.  Don’t miss the chance to ask her YOUR questions about concussions so that you can be your child’s advocate.

 

A serious invisible injury

A concussion is caused not by just a blow to the head, but can also be caused by anything that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.  This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.

 

Myths and Facts

Evidence has changed over the years on concussions. Are you up to date? Come learn the latest protocols and research.

What you can do

Learn how to identify and reverse damage, tips on what to watch for after a concussion, and what to ask before a return to play decision is made.

Sports Concussion Statistics*:

  • 3,800,000 concussions reported in 2012, double what was reported in 2002
  • 33% of all sports concussions happen at practice
  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season
  • 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with rising numbers among middle school athletes
  • 90% of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness

*CDC Source Head Case