concussion-twitterDuring a Twitter chat on October 15 at 1:00 pm EST, experts from the Childress Institute of Pediatric Trauma are slated to discuss #KidsConcussion. The Institute notes that it will host the chat.

The Twitter chat aims to bring together prominent researchers, public advocates, certified athletic trainers, and medical professionals to discuss tips and guidance for parents, trainers, coaches, and athletes. It is also designed to offer best practices for recognizing and treating concussions in kids.

A news release from the Institute reports that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62% of sports-related injuries occur during practice rather than in games.

“In addition to funding research that studies the number of head impacts children experience while playing sports, our larger goal is to improve detection of and treatment for these head injuries,” says J. Wayne Meredith, executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, chair of general surgery and director of the division of surgical sciences at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The Twitter chat is scheduled to address a variety of topics, including the latest researcher about children’s head injuries, signs and symptoms of possible concussion, treatment options, and education about how to protect young athletes.

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Source: Childress Institute of Pediatric Trauma