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Coaches, Parents, School Leaders Offered Brain Injury Information at Second Annual "Concussion Summit" Feb. 27

Children’s of Alabama will host the second annual Concussion Summit on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. in its Bradley Lecture Center (Children’s Harbor Building, 1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, 35233). This year’s conference will focus on the journey from impact to recovery and include both the latest in medical research and education combined with community issues surrounding post-concussion treatments. 

The day-long conference is open to the public and hosted by UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama in conjunction with the Wise Up! Initiative. The conference will feature presentations geared to coaches, athletic directors, school leaders, school nurses, athletic trainers and parents.

“The evolution of concussion legislation and best practice is ongoing,” said Drew Ferguson, director of UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s . “It’s imperative to understand how young athletes are affected by concussion symptoms in both the short term and the long term. The more parents, athletic trainers and coaches, teachers and school leaders know about concussions, the safer our young athletes will be.”

Featured speakers at the 2015 conference include Dr. Robert Cantu, author of “Concussions and Our Kids – America’s Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe”.
Dr. Cantu is also Senior Advisor to the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, 
Co- Founder and Medical Director of the Sports Legacy (SLI) Institute in Waltham, MA,
Medical and Research Director of the Cantu Concussion Center, Concord, MA, and
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine.  

Topics will address Return-to-Play and Return-to -Think  guidelines, as well as helmet standards, diagnosis and management of concussions and continuity of care.

Registration continues through Wednesday, Feb. 25. The cost to attend is $25. Lunch and parking are included with registration. Online registration is available at For more information or to request a printed registration form, call 205-638-6916.

UAB Sports Medicine is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc., to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of (7) hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the CE activity.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at