Concussion seminar to be held at RDC

  • Apr. 29, 2015 2:42 p.m.

Those who have experienced a sport-related concussion know it can be a long road to recovery, however often times the people around them may struggle to understand what they are experiencing.

The Alberta Sports Development Centre (ASDC) in partnership with Red Deer College (RDC) hope to bridge this gap on May 5th by hosting a Sport Related Concussion Information Session.

The seminar will be hosted by Dr. Elena Antoniadis, a psychology instructor at RDC, where she will present an overview of her findings during her research on concussions in which she drew on local RDC athletes and members of the community to learn more about the effects of a concussion.

Gwen Farnsworth, program assistant for the ASDC, explained Dr. Antoniadis hopes to give people a better understanding of what happens to the brain when it experiences concussion and as well as insight into what you may see in a person after their concussion during recovery.

“It’s the jarring and rattling around of the brain in the skull that will give you a concussion,” explained Farnsworth. “Once you have one concussion you are far more susceptible to a second one, and after your second one it is guaranteed your brain chemistry will change.

“It’s devastating for a lot of people – other people who have never experienced it don’t understand how much effect a hit to the head can have.”

She added it’s vital for people to understand that post-concussion athletes are likely going to sustain headaches as well as sensitivity to light and stimulus.

The session encourages athletes, parents, coaches, teachers, sport organizations, and the medical communities to attend the free informative evening in order to better understand what happens to a person’s brain post-concussion and help them to obtain a better grasp on the recovery process.

“People need to know what the warning signs are and understand that the brain will take a lot longer to heal than you would think, because you have actually damaged the brain,” said Farnsworth. “Just because you can’t see the damage done to the brain doesn’t mean it’s not there and that the chemistry in your brain hasn’t been changed from that concussion.”

Farnsworth explained the importance of everyone involved in the life of the recovering person.

“Teachers need to understand they may need extra time to do assignments, or that students may need rest periods in between classes,” she stated. “We want to see all the dots connected by having the coaches talk to the parents and the parents talk to their teachers so that way everyone can be involved to help them recover.”

The session will take place on May 5th at 7 p.m. at the Margaret Parsons Theatre in RDC, however seating is limited and the ASDC asks participants to pre-register by calling 403-342-3231 or registering online at www.asdccentral.ca.

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Two arrested at Red Deer Rebels hockey game

Red Deer woman charged for allegedly striking police officer

WATCH: Helping those less fortunate at Christmas

Red Deer comes together to spread joy at Christmas Wish Breakfast

WATCH: Red Deerians come together to ‘light the night’

Traditional Red Deer Lights the Night sees thousands

Klaus trial continues with cross-examination of undercover officers

The Castor-area triple homicide trial continued on Friday

WATCH: Red Deerians get a taste of robotics

Alberta students show off their skills in Red Deer

WATCH: Red Deerians come together to ‘light the night’

Traditional Red Deer Lights the Night sees thousands

Nebraska approves TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved TransCanada’s Keystone XL route in a close vote

Forecast calls for a snowy Canadian winter

Canadians told to brace for a ‘classic’ Canadian winter with lots of snow

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th anniversary

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary

Charles Manson, leader of murderous ’60s cult, dead at 83

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

VIDEO: The Last Jedi is going to be the longest ‘Star Wars’ movie yet

Newest movie in the franchise will beat Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Apology to Canadians persecuted for being gay coming Nov. 28: Trudeau

Thousands were fired from the military, RCMP and public service because of their sexual orientation

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Bank of Canada cautious of future rate hikes

The Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low- inflation risk

Most Read