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Contact: Karen Tripmacher
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Community Relations & Special Projects
(516) 663-2234


It’s more than just “a bump on the head.” An estimated 53% of high school athletes have sustained a concussion before participating in high school sports, and 36% of collegiate athletes have a history of multiple concussions. According to the Center for Disease Control, although symptoms may appear mild, concussions can lead to significant life-long impairment affecting an individual’s memory, behavior, learning, and/or emotions. Early recognition of symptoms and proper management for a suspected or sustained concussion are crucial for the full recovery of a young athlete.

In order to provide coaches, school nurses, teachers and parents with the tools they need to recognize, manage and care for concussions, Winthrop-University Hospital will offer a free educational seminar, “Concussion in Youth Sports,” on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The program will be held at the Garden City High School Auditorium, located at 170 Rockaway Avenue in Garden City. Speakers will include healthcare professionals experience in sports medicine, as well as a former NHL hockey player, Pat LaFontaine, who sustained multiple head injuries and is now an advocate for awareness.

Kevin Curley, MD, Attending Physician at Winthrop, Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, and Primary Care sports physician for Adelphi, will explain concussions. Orthopaedic surgeon Mark G. Grossman, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine at Winthrop and Team Physician at Adelphi University, will discuss evaluating a concussion on the field. Paul Lasinski, a certified athletic trainer who has worked closely with legislators to adopt a NYS Concussion Management and Awareness Act, will address the NYS Law, and the importance of coaches in managing a concussion.

Keynote speaker Pat LaFontaine, a retired NHL player who enjoyed a 15-year career playing for all three New York hockey organizations, will discuss his experiences and how he was forced into premature retirement due to his injuries. Mr. LaFontaine ended his career as the second highest scoring American-born player in league history, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, as well as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Minnesota.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is requested. Prospective attendees may e-mail or call (516) 663-9099 for information or to register.

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