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Children’s of Alabama will host its fourth-annual Concussion Summit Friday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in its Bradley Lecture Center (Children’s Harbor Building, 1600 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, 35233). This year’s conference theme is “Kids and Concussion: Tough Questions Worth Asking.”
Hosted by UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s and the Wise Up! Initiative, the day-long conference is open to the public and will include presentations of interest to healthcare providers, school system leadership and staff, professional and recreational coaches, athletic trainers and parents.
Registration is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch. Free parking will be available in the Children’s 5th Avenue Deck at 16th Street South and 5th Avenue South. Online registration is available at www.childrensal.org/concussion. For more information or to request a printed registration form, call 205-638-6916. Continuing education opportunities will be available.
This year’s keynote speaker is Gerard Gioia, MD, PhD, a renowned pediatric neuropsychologist from Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. and director of the SCORE Program (Safe Concussion Outcome & Recovery Education). Dr. Gioia is chief of the division of pediatric neuropsychology at Children's National.
Additional topics to be addressed include a session about advances in football helmet design and safety and a session on what schools can do to help children recover from concussions. Other event sponsors include UAB, the Alabama Head Injury Task Force, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Motion Medical and Ackerson and Associates.
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, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 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 childrensal.org.