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Concussion Educational DVD's To Become Available

The National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA) have agreed to sponsor an educational program on sports concussions developed by the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).   

Consisting of a series of educational DVDs, this program is targeted to amateur and professional players, parents, physicians and coaches, and will provide information on how to recognize concussive injuries, seek proper evaluation, and follow appropriate return to play guidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 300,000 brain injuries occur in sports each year. Of these reported concussions, an estimated 63,000 occur among high school athletes.  Even though these numbers alone suggest that concussions represent a significant public health concern, it is likely that many athletes with concussions fail to report their symptoms to medical personnel. These educational DVDs will increase awareness of this injury while promoting scientifically sound management guidelines that will help minimize the negative effects of traumatic brain injury.

The DVD's are currently being developed and will be released in January, 2008. The DVD's will be widely distributed through leagues, sports organizations, medical organizations, NATA and NAN.  Organizations interested in obtaining copies of the DVD's should contact the NAN office at (303) 691-3694.

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