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An estimated 1.6 million sports-related concussions occur every year. Athletes of all ages who are not fully recovered before returning to their sport are much more likely to receive anothermore devastatingחconcussion.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is determined to stop that from happening.

On Thursday, August 18, at 11:00 am,  representatives from the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee presented to coaches, parents and students at the Friends Select School at 17th and the Ben Franklin Parkway to teach them how to avoid concussions, how to recognize a concussion if it occurs, and ways to treat them. Friends Select sports program includes high impact sports such as women's field hockey, soccer, basketball and softball and men's soccer, wrestling, baseball and basketball.

"I found the presentation very helpful for our coaches and myself," said Friends Select Athletic Director Tim Litz. "A lot of times, you don't see the signs or symptoms of concussions and you could put kids back on the field and then they're at risk for more damage. Hopefully, we can start doing some baseline testing (testing students before an athletic season starts to compare changes in cognitive and emotional behavior after a possible head injury) with our student athletes as soon as we can.

The Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee was created in November, 2010, by Magee's Brain Injury Service Department. Its main purpose is to help athletes, parents, coaches and teams determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to their sport, as well as to utilize MageeԒs physical, occupational and speech therapy expertise to address any complications that may arise as the result of a concussion. The post-concussion clinic is being led by Tim Young, MD and Todd Lewis, PhD.

Learn more about the Philadelphia Concussion Center at Magee by calling 855-587-BRAIN.

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