Dignity Health Bakersfield, the Centre for Neuro Skills and KCCC Partner with Kern High School District to Prevent Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in Student Athletes

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Concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young athletes. When left undetected, concussions can result in long-term brain damage and may even prove fatal.

To address this issue, a training session for school coaches, which is also open to the public, is set for Aug. 4 in Bakersfield. The event will offer information about the inherent dangers of concussions, the return-to-play process, and acute and persistent symptoms that may require treatment.

The Kern County Concussion Consortium (KCCC), in partnership with the Kern High School District, the Centre for Neuro Skills, and Dignity Health Mercy & Memorial Hospitals are collaborating on the event. Other community collaborators include: Kern Medical, San Joaquin Community Hospital, California Neurosurgical Institute, Central Valley Physical Therapy, Brain Injury Association of California, Bakersfield City School District, and Terrio Physical Therapy & Fitness.

The consortium’s mission is to advance the health and safety of Kern County athletes by improving the prevention, evaluation, and management of sports-related concussion through collaboration, education, and clinical practice. The KCCC offers symposiums and events for athletes, coaches, trainers, educators, and healthcare providers.

Public Forum Information:

DATE:         Thursday, August 4, 2016
TIME:         6 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION: Centennial High School Auditorium
                 8601 Hageman Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93312

The panel of experts includes:
                 • Dr. Matthew Ashley - Neurologist – Centre for Neuro Skills
                 • Dr. William F. Baker Jr. - Internal Medicine - Bakersfield College and private practice
                 • Dr. David L. Riggs - Emergency Medicine – Mercy and Memorial Hospitals
                 • Stan Greene - Director of School Support Service for Kern High School District
                 • Fred Smith - Head Athletic Trainer - Bakersfield College

The Centers for Disease Control reports show that the amount of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade. In Kern County, 155 cases of concussion among high school athletes were reported during 2015-2016.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.

Concussions can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage. In some cases, dangerous and sometimes fatal swelling and bleeding can occur inside the brain. Repeated concussions and head trauma without proper time healing between each head injury has been shown to cause long-term harm.

To learn more about this event or make arrangements for a media interview please contact:

Stan Greene
Director of School Support Services
Kern High School District
Office 661.827.3284

About Centre for Neuro Skills
For over 35 years, Centre for Neuro Skills has been a leader in community based brain injury treatment. With facilities in California and Texas, CNS offers outcome driven therapeutic care and disease management services. CNS’ patient-centered programs maximize
treatment effect in real-world settings. For information, call 800.922.4994 or visit neuroskills.com

About Dignity Health
Dignity Health Bakersfield, Kern County’s largest health care provider, is a network of more than 600 physicians, 3,000 employees, and more than 10 care centers in Bakersfield, including Memorial Hospital, Mercy Hospital Downtown, Mercy Hospital Southwest, three primary care clinics, surgery and specialty centers, home health, and a community wellness center. Dignity Health Bakersfield is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY15, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals provided more than $40 million in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.dignityhealth.org/bakersfield. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Kern High School District
Kern High School District is the largest 9-12 high school district in California, with more than 37,000 students. It is one of the state’s most distinguished districts with 14 California Distinguished School Awards. The largest entertainment provider in Kern County, the district sponsors more than 8,000 athletic contests annually, including fine arts performances and youth activities. One of the county’s largest employers, the district has more than 3,604 employees, including teachers, administrators and classified personnel.

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