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6.20.2013
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News Room: St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine to Hold Concussion Forum

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Crestview Hills, KY—St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine will hold a free concussion forum on Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas More College Holbrook Student Center on 333 Thomas More Parkway in Crestview Hills. Dr. Michael Miller, Medical Director of St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine, will present on concussion evaluations, testing, return-to-play guidelines, latest research, and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) regulations and guidelines.

The forum is free and open to any coach, player, parent or anyone interested in learning more about concussion. Spaces are limited so advance registration is encouraged. To reserve your spot, call 859-301-5600 or email dawna.panko@stelizabeth.com.

Dr. Miller also serves as the Vice Chair on the Kentucky Medical Association Committee on Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports and is the team physician for Thomas More College and Ryle High School.

“In the majority of concussion cases, there is no loss of consciousness,” says Dr. Miller. “The majority of athletes just need to rest until their symptoms clear and we gradually wean them back to full activity. However, we are starting to recognize that if you have a pretty bad concussion, you can struggle with concentration and focus in the classroom.”

One tool being used at the St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine Center is a program called ImPACT™, a computerized test that measures cognitive function by first assessing athletes before the start of their sports season to record baseline data. If they sustain a concussion during the season, the test is repeated and the results are compared with the baseline measurements.

“It really gives us more accuracy in our ability to assess their concussion and helps with return-to-play decisions,” says Dr. Miller. “But it’s just one tool in our arsenal, along with physical exams, the duration and severity of their symptoms, the number of previous concussions, and the sports and position they are playing.”
Providing a variety of services for active individuals and athletes, St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine combines medical expertise with outstanding physical therapy and athletic training services. With locations in Edgewood, Florence, and Wilder, St. Elizabeth Sports Medicine assists athletes of all ages and abilities to improve performance following physical injury. St. Elizabeth also provides athletic trainers at 14 area high schools and Thomas More College.


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