The growing awareness of sports concussions sometimes overlooks our most vulnerable athletes – our children. On the evening of Monday, April 22nd, leading experts on the subject will address the concerns of parents, coaches and educators in a free symposium, Children, Sports & Concussions, sponsored by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer at the Philadelphia Marriott West, in West Conshohocken.
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne, who co-sponsored the Safety in Youth Sports Act, will be on hand to give opening remarks.
Among the experts who will speak that night are former Major League Soccer all-star Taylor Twellman, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau (both of whom retired from sports early due to concussions), pediatric concussion specialist Dr. Matthew Grady from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, former professional lacrosse player Tony Resch, women’s basketball coach Cindy Griffin from Saint Joseph’s University, and experienced athletic trainers Ned Crane and Leanne Edwards, from NovaCare. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Mike Barr will also discuss coaching education curriculum and overtraining issues.
The event, which is free of charge to the public, will be in the Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott West, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, which represents over 130,000 children competing in soccer in 36 Eastern Pennsylvania counties, is taking a leadership role in addressing the issue of concussions in sport, and invites participants from all sports to attend this important forum.
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer continues our efforts to provide the latest and most necessary information for the health safety our membership. We have developed a resource center to provide critical information regarding concussions and traumatic brain injury.
In November of 2012, our association's Board of Directors passed a policy endorsing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 101, known as the "Safety In Youth Sports Act." The Policy on Concussion Procedure and Protocol mandates concussion education for everyone involved in our sport, including parents and players. This policy also mandates certification for all coaches. In addition all member organizations must annually certify that they are compliant with the policy.