Renown Rehabilitation HospitalDocs Coach Soccer Coaches on Concussion and Knee Injuries
RENO, Nev. (Feb. 13, 2013) – Stefan Humphries, M.D., MBA, medical director of Renown Rehabilitation and former NFL Super Bowl champion, will discuss “concussion management” in a mandatory training for all Great Basin Youth Soccer League (GBYSL) coaches Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school commons area at Damonte Ranch High School, 10500 Rio Wrangler Pkwy, Reno.
The workshop is designed to help coaches make players better and safer and prevent devastating injuries. The training will also include lectures from Dr. Danielle Litoff, physical therapy, and Dr. Dan Staffa, physical therapy, on “knee injury prevention.” A field demonstration with players will also be provided by Physical Therapists Rich Reid, director of Renown’s Rehabilitation Therapy, and John Atherton.
With the issue of concussion and its impact on sports making national news the past couple of years, preventing head and body injuries have never been more important for athletes of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2001 and 2009, youth between 5 and 18 years-of-age had a total of 2.6 million sports-related emergency room visits across the country annually. Nearly seven percent of the 2.6 million involved traumatic brain injury, including concussion.
To help address this issue, Renown Rehabilitation Therapy has formed a partnership with the GBYSL to provide concussion management training to the coaches who interact with more than 3,000 community youth on the soccer field. Additional training will cover performance enhancement, as well as knee injury prevention.
“This partnership is a perfect opportunity for our Rehabilitation professionals to give coaches the tools they need to not only prevent knee injuries and appropriately manage concussions in youth athletes, but also boost their performance through proper exercise, attention to form and other techniques,” Dr. Humphries said. “Renown is excited to bring the expertise and experience of our Rehabilitation professionals to this mandatory training.”
Dr. Humphries will be available for media interviews between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. Other medical professionals at the training and b-roll footage of the field demonstration will be available from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Additional trainings will be provided in the coming weeks leading up to soccer season.
Save Your Skull
In addition to GBYSL, Renown Children's Hospital also works with Kohl's Cares to educate kids and families about how to prevent head injuries with the Save Your Skull program. Save Your Skull is a year-round program that promotes seatbelt, helmet and pedestrian safety as well as teaches kids about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence.
Save Your Skull at School
Our program safety experts are also available to make a presentation at your school or other community event. For questions, more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Alannah Manfredi at 775-982-5652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local soccer enthusiast Cydney Reid perfects her field game.