KALISPELL - Montana medical professionals are helping people understand more about the long-term dangers concussions have on young people and a Kalispell conference on Wednesday helped to provide crucial information regarding the common brain injury.
Speech and occupational therapists, family nurse practitioners, and athletic trainers explained how they fit into the care of treating concussions and how they can help educators and families properly reenter their kid in school.
One of the main points of the conference stressed the need to fully treat a concussion properly while the brain is still young so further complications don’t occur when they are older like we are seeing with CTE in football players.
“I know that you’re really wanting to get back into sports, you’re really wanting to get back into school, you don’t want to halt your life right now but it’s really important to treat it well right now so that we can prevent some of those chronic issues that manifest similar to Alzheimer’s down the road,” said Save the Brain Medical Director Rachel Zeider.
Montana passed legislation in May saying that all parents, students, coaches’ and referees for any organized youth sporting event or activity has to undergo some sort of concussion training on a yearly basis.
Save the Brain has set up their own 12-minute video followed by a ten-question quiz on their website that gives you clearance to play.
“Access that video, watch it, take the quiz and you’ll print a certificate that you can then take with you to the different sporting events that your kids are involved in so you’re not having to do the same training over and over for each sport,” Zeider said.
Save the Brain hopes to extend past the Flathead Valley next year.
“Our goal is really to get the word out there about how to treat and prevent concussions effectively so that everybody has the right tools that they need so whether that stays here in the valley whether it extends to all of northwest Montana further than that we’re happy to help however we can,” Zeider said.
Wednesday marked Save the Brain's first ever concussion conference at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
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