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The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosts monthly webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The webinars are open to the public, and many provide continuing education.

Prevention and Management of Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Youth Sports

April 9, 2015; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Closed head trauma is one of the most commonly reported injury complaints in pediatric emergency departments and is a significant cause of pediatric death and disability worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that among the 38 million youths who participate in organized sports in the United States concussion is the most common injury and has risen 57 percent among children (age 19 or younger). The events that lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are usually predictable and preventable. The CDC wants to ensure the health and safety of our young athletes through their HEADS UP campaign initiative by informing athletes, parents and coaches about prevention, recognition and response to concussion.

Providers can take an active stance to reduce and prevent brain injuries through educational efforts. Injury prevention education is one of the most effective approaches to decreasing the number of pediatric concussions. This webinar will address concussion truths and myths; tools for concussion identification, diagnosis and management; and concussion rehabilitation.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss public health and clinical approaches to concussion management
  • Explain the elements of a four corners approach to pediatric concussion care
  • Discuss educational resources for health care providers, coaches, athletic trainers, parents, school nurses, teachers, counselors and other stakeholders

Gerard A. Gioia, Ph.D.
Division Chief and Professor, Pediatric Neuropsychology
Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program
Children's National Medical Center
George Washington University School of Medicine

Maj. Pamela DiPatrizio, AN, MSN, CEN, CPEN
Chief, Office of Education Outreach
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Silver Spring, Maryland

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Injury Response. (2008). Heads Up: Concussion in Sports, Activity Report 2007-2008.

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Continuing Education
Continuing education credit will be available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG) at following the event and is in addition to general event registration.

Please note: The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and/or their families.


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