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Get the Facts About Concussions – March is Athletic Training and Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is National Athletic Training Month as well as Brain Injury Awareness Month. It’s

a natural partnership to recognize them together, because athletic trainers play a key role

in preventing, assessing and managing concussions.

A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A

concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur

from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain and need to be

addressed correctly. That’s where athletic trainers come in. Athletic trainers, like those at

Student Athlete Foundation of Kansas City (SAFEKC), are board-certified medical

professionals that care for the health and injury needs of athletes.

Athletic trainers educate coaches, school and league administrators, parents and other

medical professionals about prevention and care of concussions in athletes. Athletic

trainers assess athletes during practices, games and workouts, recognizing signs and

symptoms of concussion and helping athletes access appropriate treatment and

rehabilitation. We work closely with medical teams to rehabilitate young athletes and

manage strict return-to-school and return-to-play protocols that help them recover in the

safest manner possible.

If your student athletes participate in sports, dance or other physical activities, make sure

they have certified athletic trainers available to help prevent and manage potential

traumatic brain injuries like concussions. Contact SAFEKC to learn more about how you

can schedule affordable concussion screenings for your team or league, or seminars with

expert concussion specialists on our sports medicine team. These sessions can be

scheduled in tandem with the Health & Wellmobile program. Learn more by visiting

www.safekc.org or call (913) 236-0066.

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