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An estimated 1.6 million sports-related concussions occur every year. Athletes of all ages who are not fully recovered before returning to their sport are much more likely to receive another--more devastating--concussion.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is determined to stop that from happening.

On Thursday, January 12, at 6:30 pm, representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee will present to coaches of Parkwood Youth Organization at 3301 Mechanicsville Road in Northeast Philadelphia on how to avoid concussions, recognize a concussion if one occurs, and how to treat them. Parkwood Youth Organizations sports program includes soccer, baseball, basketball, and NFL flag football.

The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee was created in November, 2010, by Magee's Brain Injury Service Department. Its main purpose is to help athletes, parents, coaches and teams determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to their sport, as well as to utilize Magees physical, occupational and speech therapy expertise to address any complications that may arise as the result of a concussion. The post-concussion clinic is being led by Tim Young, MD and Todd Lewis, PhD.

The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee has made presentations at several local schools this summer, including Friends Select and Benjamin Franklin High School in Philly and Cocalico High School.

"The presentation by the Magee Rehab HospitalҒs Concussion Center was spot on," said Audrey Stoner, Athletic Director Cocalico High School. "It was concise and well done. This information needs to reach all coaches, parents and athletes. Head injuries in sports needs to be taken seriously and education is a key step in handling athletes effected by this trauma."

Learn more about the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee by calling 855-587-BRAIN.

About Parkwood Youth Organization

Parkwood Youth Organization was established in 1965, our mission is to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of youths through all sports at all levels of age and competition. Our job is also to make it fun, and instill in young players a lifelong passion for sports. Parkwood is dedicated to developing todays youth through adult supervised sports programs.  Nothing is done at PYO without the help of our dedicated volunteers.

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