January is Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

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(Newswire.net — January 20, 2016) Park City, UT — Throughout the month of January, The Johnny OTM Foundation, as well as organizations like the CDC, and sports groups across the U.S., are helping to educate the public through Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month. These organizations will be working to raise awareness about the health risks most commonly associated with participation in winter sports, particularly concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

The mission of this month-long campaign is to help inform Americans about the growing issues surrounding Traumatic Brain Injuries and to help improve safety and reduce the number of injuries experienced each year in athletes of all ages and skill levels.

These combined organizations work year-round with athletes, including those in the NFL, US Ski and Snowboarding Association, USA Hockey, and more, creating materials that are used to educate players – both professional and amateur – coaches, parents, and healthcare providers about one of the most common winter sport injuries, concussions.  

All winter sport injuries should be taken seriously, but concussions are particularly serious, because they have the potential to pose long-term and/ or permanent health issues.

Understanding the seriousness of the risks involved in playing winter sports, and the possibility of TBI, the physicians and clinicians of STAT+MD Urgent Care urge you and any loved ones that participate in winter sports to take precautions to prevent head injury during play.

The following may help prevent head injuries:

  • Wear approved, properly-fitted protective equipment, such as helmets.
  • Make sure all protective equipment is properly maintained.
  • Practice safe playing habits and follow all rules of play during any winter sport activity.

If a head injury takes place, or is suspected, the CDC recommends the following:

1. Remove athlete from play

2. Ensure a thorough evaluation by a health care professional.

3. Inform parents, guardians, or care givers about the possible concussion and educate them on next steps and follow up procedures.

4. Do not allow the athlete to return to play until cleared by a health care professional.

If you plan on taking to the slopes or hitting the ice, STAT+MD encourages you to stay safe. Injuries, particularly concussions and other TBIs are easily preventable.

To learn more about concussion and other injury treatment options at STAT+MD Urgent Care, visit us at http://statmdurgentcare.com or email us today at info@statmdurgentcare.com. 

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