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October 13, 2012

Program on concussions set Nov. 4

Woodward, Okla. — Are you a parent, coach, athlete, teacher or just want to learn the truth about concussions?

Then join Dr. Troy Sturgill, of the Regional Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, as he hosts, Dr. Jason Leinen, MD, ATC of the Oklahoma Sport Science and Orthopedics on Nov. 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Woodward Conference Center.

"Dr. Leinen is one of the best in his field," Sturgill said.

During this time people who attend will learn what a concussion is, the risks and complications associated with the injury, laws on concussions and what it takes to treat a person with a concussion, Sturgill said.

"A concussion is an impact related brain injury that can happen in a number a sports and even just your everyday falls," he said.

Concussions cause a number of problems that all need to be addressed safely, according to Sturgill.

"Think of the brain as a person's life potential, when it gets injured they have less potential because a concussion causes them to process information slower," he said.

If you think someone may have a concussion, Sturgill suggests that you start with the emergency room first to make sure no more damage has been done.

According to Sturgill, Leinen will be covering all aspects of sports related concussions and how it takes more than just a doctor to heal the person that has been injured.  This includes coaches and parents, who need to make sure that a child is protected when returning to play, he said.

"A lot of times a return to play does not mean a return to hit, and that when returning to a sport after a concussion certain steps have to be taken to insure the person's safety," Sturgill said.

In addition, the chiropractor said that it is important for people to work together to ensure that the healing process is successful.

"An open line of communication needs to stay open with all the people that are in the injured person's life so that if they are not healing properly they can get that person to a professional that can help them," Sturgill said.

Sturgill said the Nov. 4 clinic is free to the public, but space is limited.

Those who are interested in attending are asked to reserve their spots by calling (580) 256-1555.

"I would love for everyone to show up that wants more information on this subject, Dr. Leinen is one of the best in the state and has been involved in sports medicine for many years," Sturgill said.

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