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SCSU tackles problem of student-athlete concussions

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Head InjuryIn a first for Minnesota, this summer SCSU hosted a conference to address the problem of concussions in student-athletes. The event attracted high school and college coaches, athletic trainers, school counselors, school nurses, teachers, psychologists, social workers, team physicians, athletic directors, student-athletes, and staff from hospital ER and trauma units.

The conference was one outcome of the concussion and athletes program offered by the university since 2001. More than 350 SCSU student-athletes have completed computerized testing to assist in identification
and treatment of such injuries.

Keynote speaker was the assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's sports concussion program. The center manages
sports-concussion programs for the NFL and NHL, and for more than
325 colleges, universities and high schools nationwide.

Conference co-sponsor was the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.

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