APS Athletes to Attend Concussion Awareness Program

Sarah Jane Brain Foundation In The News


National Organization Hosts Event on Monday at Volcano Vista


WHAT: A concussion prevention program for student athletes, coaches and parents will be hosted by the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, one of the leading organizations in the country dealing with pediatric acquired brain injury. About 200 student athletes are expected to attend the multimedia presentation, which is part of a nationwide public awareness campaign to bring awareness about youth sports concussions to high schools across the country.
WHEN: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday, April 25
WHERE: Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow Blvd. NW
WHO: Leslie Mabry of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation will present the concussion multimedia program. The foundation is named for a young girl who suffered from pediatric acquired brain injury after she was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was only five years old. The national tour is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative sports equipment, protective products and related accessories; and Angels on the Bay, a nonprofit children’s charity. For more information on the foundation, visit its website at www.thebrainproject.org.
WHY: Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between one million and four million new brain injuries occur every year in America due to trauma in sports and recreational activities. More than 767,000 American youth visit the emergency room due to traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those, more than 80,000 are hospitalized and more than 11,000 die. Upwards of 80 percent of children in juvenile detention centers across America have some form of a brain injury, most of which have not been identified.
NOTES: Check in at the main office. Interviews will be available prior to and following the presentation.