Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run

6th Annual Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run: Nov. 15, 2014

Registration is now open!

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Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC Chapel Hill gets NCAA grant

Center to share in a $399K NCAA grant for head injury study.

Congratulations

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Kevin Guskiewicz one of the MacArthur Fellows for 2011. He will receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years.

Guskiewicz is the Research Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, as well as a Kenan distinguished professor and chairman in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science. Congratulations!

2011 Matt Gfeller Sports Safety Spectacular

A mini-camp for players, parents, coaches, and athletic trainers to learn about the risks of concussive injuries in football and how to prevent them.

WHEN: Saturday, July 30th, 2011. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field and Bridger Field House

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help parents prevent, recognize and treat youth sports head injuries.

We support the role athletics can play in our kids lives, but believe that head injuries can be minimized through better equipment, training, diagnosis and early treatment.

We simply want kids to play it safe.

Treatment

With so many young athletes taking part in contact sports across the USA, and getting injured, it is critical that our athletic trainers, doctors, and trauma centers are equipped with the right know how and tools to treat those who suffer a traumatic brain injury. Closer to home, as players and parents, we need to know how to treat the symptoms that we recognize, even if that simply means knowing enough to realize that stopping play and visiting the doctor is required.

Learn about the keys to treating your child’s mild head injury.

Recognition

Recognizing that an athlete has suffered a brain injury (i.e. concussion), often mistakenly referred to by athletes and coaches a “ding’ or “bell ringer”, is the first step to treatment. Often times the athlete does not know that the head injury is severe enough to need treatment. Or, the athlete wants to ignore the event and the symptoms of the head injury because they want to keep playing.

Learn how to recognize whether your child has suffered a mild head injury.

Prevention

Think of avoiding injury as just another part of playing by the rules — only this rulebook is the one that keeps you from getting hurt. Prevention includes knowing the rules of the game you’re playing, using the proper equipment, and playing it safe. Concussions can happen to any athlete—male or female—in any sport. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

Learn about how changes to equipment and training can reduce head injuries.