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Pelham Hockey Association To Train Coaches About Concussions

The Pelham Youth Hockey Association hopes to slow the rate of concussions in hockey with a coaches seminar on Sept. 11.
The Pelham Youth Hockey Association hopes to slow the rate of concussions in hockey with a coaches seminar on Sept. 11. Photo Credit: Darien Youth Hockey Association

PELHAM, N.Y.-- The Pelham Youth Hockey Association will be holding an educational workshop on concussion education at the Daronco Townhouse on Sept. 11.

The event will be hosted by Dr. Dennis Cardone and other experts from the New York University Concussion Center. All coaches from the Hockey Association are required to attend.

The session will include the following:

  • A review of concussions
  • Sideline expectations of coaches
  • Instruction on how to perform the Standardized Assessment of Concussion.

Concussions have become a growing problem in all contact sports, including hockey. In 2010-11, there were 80 concussions suffered by players in the NHL and 44 percent of them were suffered on legal hits.

The NCAA has outlawed all contact to the head and neck area in response to the growing numbers.

Concussions can cause "temporary loss of brain function leading to cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms, such as confusion, vomiting, headache, nausea, depression, disturbed sleep, moodiness, and amnesia," according to medicalnewstoday.com , and there can be lingering effects can last for decades.

Diagnosing concussions in children has become increasingly important as recent research has shown that returning to sports too quickly and sustaining another blow to the head can result in fatal brain swelling -- also known as second impact syndrome.

Coaches for Pelham Rec Sports including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, football and Little League baseball are also welcome to attend.

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