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The 4th Annual Matt Gfeller 5K Memorial Doughnut Run raised over $30,000 from sponsors and participants to fund sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) research.
Proceeds will be evenly distributed between the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and The Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.
March 8-9, 2013
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.