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Idaho State University to conduct free seminars on concussion and the adolescent athlete July 29-30 in Treasure Valley

Posted July 23, 2010

Learn about concussion and how to assess head injuries in the adolescent athlete at two free seminars instructed by Dr. Caroline Faure, Idaho State University assistant professor of sport science and physical education.

The first seminar is Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, in Meridian.

The second is Friday, July 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the football conference room at Boise State’s Bronco Stadium.

Anyone within the youth sports community is welcome, including physicians, coaches, health professionals, parents, athletes, trainers and teachers.

Faure, a certified athletic trainer, is one of Idaho’s leading researchers on concussion and the young athlete. She says national statistics show one in ten adolescent athletes will suffer a concussion while participating in a contact sport. The number is higher in football with one in five young players sustaining a head injury.

“It’s not just a temporary sports injury,” Faure said. “It can be a lifetime injury if not identified and treated properly.”

Severe concussion left untreated can lead to brain hemorrhaging and death. A less severe injury can result in cognitive impairment.

For more information, visit www.knowconcussion.org or e-mail Faure at faurcaro@isu.edu.

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Media Contact: Chris Gabettas, Office of Marketing and Communications, ISU-Meridian, (208) 373-1806 or gabechri@isu.edu