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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 anothermore devastatingחconcussion.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is determined to stop that from happening.
 
On Wednesday, February 15, at 9:30 am, representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee will present local charter school nurses, Joyce Skoczylas from First Philadelphia Charter School, Ida Brophy from Mast Charter, Evette Valentin from Antonia Pantoja Charter School, Patricia Schultz from Delaware Valley Charter High School, and Christine Martinez from John B. Stetson Charter School. The presentation will take place at Tacony Academy Charter located at 1330 Rhawn Street in Northeast Philadelphia. The representatives will discuss concussion prevention, how to recognize a concussion if it occurs, and ways to treat them.

The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee was created in November, 2010, by Magees 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 MageeҒs 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 HospitalӒs Concussion Center was spot on, said Audrey Stoner, Athletic Director Cocalico High School. ԓIt 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.

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