Free Education SeriesRochester, NH – As athletes continue to push the limits of sports by playing longer, harder and faster, injuries are inevitable.  It is nearly impossible to watch a professional football or hockey game without hearing about a player out with a concussion or experiencing “concussion-like symptoms”.  Concussions have become one of the most common injuries for athletes of all levels and for youth sports participants they can dangerous.  Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics would like to invite Rochester area parents, coaches and athletes to a free discussion on “Proper Management of Sports-Related Concussions”.  The informational session will take place on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30pm at the new Access Sports Medicine facility in the Access Plaza at 187 Gonic Rd in Rochester, NH. (Note: as of October 2013, the Rochester location is now located at 120 Washington St.)

Dr. Kevin Heaton, the Director of the Sports Concussion program at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, will discuss the common signs and symptoms of a sports–related concussion.  The goal is to educate coaches, parents and athletes to be able to better identify concussions in young athletes.  Dr. Heaton will explain ImPACT Baseline Testing as a first step in concussion management and the importance of immediate removal of athletes from play if they are suspected of having a head-injury.  Dr. Heaton will break down the concussion management protocol at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics and the use of both physical and academic restrictions in proper concussion management.  He will describe some of the new and innovative methods that are now available to aid in an athlete’s recovery.

Parents, coaches and athletes of all ages are encouraged to attend.  There will be giveaways and free food and beverages.  To RSVP, please email or call 603-380-3888.