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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, August 18, at 11:00 am, representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee will present to students, athletes, teachers, coaches and parents at the Friends Select School at 17th and the Ben Franklin Parkway to teach them how to avoid concussions, how to recognize a concussion if it occurs, and ways to treat them. Friends Select's sports program includes high impact sports such as women's field hockey, soccer, basketball and softball and men's soccer, wrestling, baseball and basketball.

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.

Representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee have already spoken at Upper Darby High School, Haverfrod High School, Ben Franklin High School, Cocalico High School and have been asked to speak at--aside from Friends Select--Penn Manor High School, the Westtown School and the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

The efforts of the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee to address concussions in sports has been recognized by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

Magee's new concussion clinic is providing a vital medical service to teams and athletes in our area, said Rich Westcott, president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. ԓConcussions are a major issue in sports these days, and it's extremely important that people get the proper information in terms of learning how to deal with this dangerous injury. I'm pleased that Magee will do that." 

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

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