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The Emotional and Physical Costs of Sports Injuries

October 31, 2011

Regis College panel free and open to the public

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30pm Upper Student Union Lounge

We have all heard about professional athletes who experience brain injuries. Such traumas are not limited to professional athletes. Sports injuries affect the younger as well as older athlete, the amateur and school athlete as well as the professional. The impact of that injury depends on the athlete’s age, physical and emotional health, type of injury and treatment.

This panel will discuss the prevention of common childhood sports injuries; the symptoms, effects and treatment of post-concussion syndrome; and research that looks at athletes and non-athletes who have suffered from repetitive head trauma.

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a probing discussion of sports and injuries, with the guidance of an expert panel, led by:

Moderator

Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH, Medical Director Medical Management, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Presenters

Lyle J. Micheli, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Ann C. McKee, MD, Director of Neuropathology, New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers

Marybeth Lamb, PhD, MBA, Director of Athletics, Health and Fitness, Regis College

Devin P. Cashman, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Regis College

SAFE KIDS USA reports that more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments. The rate and severity of sports-related injury increases with a child's age.

Significantly, according to the National Athletic Trainers Association, some 62 percent of all sports injuries occur at practice rather than games. Despite this, a third of parents often do not take the same safety precautions during their child's practices as they would for a game.

But what should be done about these disturbing statistics? Join Regis College participants to learn more.

The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. In Spring, 2012, panels will explore the status of state and federal health reform laws and, finally, Cardiac Treatment for Women and Men.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

This activity has been submitted to the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., for approval to award contact hours. Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc. is accredited as an approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.

Social work contact hours applied for.


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in 20 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, regulatory and clinical research management, nursing, medical imaging, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named for the second time as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707, aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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