Campus and Allegheny Valley Hospital sponsor concussion education program

Penn State New Kensington and Allegheny Valley Hospital are sponsoring a free educational program on managing concussions from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the campus Conference Center at Penn State New Kensington.

“Guidelines for Initial Concussion Management,” is a series of talks by physicians and clinical staff of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. The seminar features information on management of concussion symptoms and innovations in concussion care.

Topics include: “The Concussion Epidemic” by Dr. Jack Wilberger, neurosurgeon and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the West Penn Allegheny Health System; “Approach to Management of Symptoms,” by Dr. Troy Desai, neurologist at Allegheny Valley; “Evaluation Standards for Suspected Concussions” by Dr. Kevin Kelly, neurologist and professor of neurology at Drexel University; and “The Safety and Youth Sports Act and Return to Play Protocols” by Missy Bauer, physician assistant and certified athletic trainer.

The program is free to the public. It is designed to help coaches, athletic trainers, parents and others involved in the care of young athletes to learn the proper way to handle sports-related concussions. Light refreshments will be served.

The campus and hospital have a long history of collaborating on educational programming. Allegheny Valley serves as one of the clinical components of the curriculums for the Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Technology associate degrees at the campus. In addition, registered nurses at the hospital can earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing on a part-time basis at the New Kensington campus.

Allegheny General Hospital provides athletic training and medical oversight to 15 high schools and several colleges in the region and serves as the official medical provider for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A primary goal of the center’s educational mission is to help athletes, coaches and parents more readily identify and respond to the warning signs of concussion.

RSVP by calling 412-330-4469, or register online, Deadline is March 18.

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Last Updated March 14, 2013