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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 devastatingconcussion.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is determined to stop that from happening.

On Monday, August 29, at 6:30 pm,  representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee will present to students, athletes, teachers, coaches and parents at Westtown School to teach them how to avoid concussions, how to recognize a concussion if it occurs, and ways to treat them. Westtown's sports program includes high impact sports such as women's volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, soccer, softball and cheerleading and mens football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, and men's volleyball.

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 Magee's physical, occupational and speech therapy expertise to address any complications that may arise as the result of a concussion. The concussion center 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, Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Upper Darby High School, Haverford High School and Cocalico High School.

"The presentation by the Magee Rehab Hospital's 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 or clicking here.

To hear what the Friends Select School Athletic Director Tim Litz had to say about our presentations, watch this short video:

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