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Published August 19, 2013, 09:41 AM

Concussion testing to be topic of RiverView health luncheon discussion

Fall is an exciting time for area high school athletes, their families and their fans. Some practices have begun, and soon your favorite athletes and teams will be competing against other area schools. While sports bring excitement and camaraderie, they also bring an unfortunate element of danger – concussions.

Fall is an exciting time for area high school athletes, their families and their fans. Some practices have begun, and soon your favorite athletes and teams will be competing against other area schools. While sports bring excitement and camaraderie, they also bring an unfortunate element of danger – concussions.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.

Even with today’s advanced safety equipment, preventing a concussion is impossible. Fortunately, there have been advances in diagnosing and treating concussions that may help worried parents rest a little easier at night. These advances will be explained by RiverView Health’s, Marie Johnstad, coordinator of the Speech Department, and Physical Therapist Rhonda Salentiny, as they present “Concussion: Something to Think About’’ at RiverView’s Tuesday, Aug. 27th Health Luncheon. As part of the presentation, they will explain the ImPACT program (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) used by RiverView Health. ImPACT is also used by many professional and amateur teams, including the National Football League and Major League Baseball.

But this informative program is not just for athletes or the parents of athletes. A concussion can happen to anyone. The RiverView Rehab Department has also worked with children who have received a concussion from a fall while playing, as well as adults who have had a concussion while on the job. A concussion can happen to anyone, at any time.

Health Luncheon Details

The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room # 1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room # 1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.

The luncheon series is in its fifteenth year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. The presentations are free and attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase a bag lunch for $3.00. Pre-registration is required. Call 218-281-9405 or toll free 1-800-743-6551, extension 9405, for additional information and to pre-register.

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