Head Injuries: Learn the facts

Head Injuries: Learn the facts about prevention and management

Want to learn more about head injury prevention and concussion management? The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is offering a free public presentation Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Adult High School, 300 Rochester Street.  The first talk in the OCDSB Speaker Series this school year, it will be led by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, director of CHEO’s Concussion Research Project Clinic.

And there should be plenty of public interest.  Concussions and head injuries are frequently in the news these days, since research has proved there can be long-term consequences. Young athletes in contact sports are particularly vulnerable.

Here in Ottawa, the issue hits even closer to home.  As an OCDSB news release notes, “Last spring, we mourned the tragic and untimely death of Rowan Stringer.  Rowan, a Grade12 student at John McCrae Secondary School, sustained a head injury during a school rugby game.  Unfortunately, Rowan did not recover from her injury. As a community, we gathered to support her family and friends and we shared the commitment of Rowan’s parents, Gordon and Kathleen, to learn more about concussion management.

“As a school district, we are now moving from commitment to action.  Recently, we provided training to school staff on head injury prevention and concussion management.  We were fortunate to work with our community partners in health. Leading experts in the field of concussion management spoke to our staff about the signs and symptoms of concussion, about safe play and about “return to learn” strategies. They shared an important reminder for coaches about concussion management: “When in doubt, sit them out.”

Words to remember: “When in doubt, sit them out.”

The September 25 talk will provide a great opportunity to learn more about recognizing concussions and safely managing head injuries. Dr. Michael Vassilyadi will be discussing common head injuries in children, including concussions. His talk will also cover head injury prevention and return-to-play steps.  Admission is free and the talk takes place in the school auditorium. For details, see www.ocdsb.ca/par/pi/ocdsbss/Pages/default.aspx.

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