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Coaches, athletes, parents: Get the latest info on concussions, free info session

Northern Ontario School of Medicine hosting event at Science North on Sept. 25
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Northern Ontario School of Medicine will be hosting two community sessions on concussion diagnosis and treatment next week. (File)

Northern Ontario School of Medicine will be hosting two community sessions on concussion diagnosis and treatment next week.

One of the community sessions will be held in Sudbury on Sept. 25 at Science North from 7 - 8 p.m.*
 
Medical experts in concussion management will present on best-practices in preventing a concussion, recognizing the signs, and ensuring a safe return to school and sport following a concussion.
 
This educational event is for coaches, teachers, parents, and athletes in all sports that may carry a risk of head injury and is intended to support prevention and identification of concussion in recreational sport or at play. 

The event will also provide guidance and resources related to return to school and sport following a head injury. 

"We hope that coaches will incorporate this education as a team practice activity and attend together," said a news release from NOSM.
 
This event is open to the public. Please note that space is limited and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Background

In 2017, Ontario passed concussion safety legislation, known as Rowan’s Law, establishing mandatory requirements for organizations and coaches, with an aim to make sport safer on the field, court, mats, or playground.

The Concussions – Diagnosis and treatment: What you need to know educational material has been developed by NOSM clinical faculty from Thunder Bay and Sudbury, including Drs. David McKee, Tara Baldisera, Jairus Quesnele and Deborah Smith, and nurse practitioner Shannon Kenrick-Rochon.

*In an earlier version of this story, the incorrect date for this event was printed. That has since been corrected.




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