CHH Sports Medicine Program Presents FREE Talk on Concussion Symptoms and Treatments

(Torrington, CT) – The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Sports Medicine Program and the Beardsley Library in Winsted will present a FREE health talk entitled: Concussions: Symptoms and Treatments, Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Beardsley Library, 40 Munro Place, Winsted. Athletes, parents, coaches, and school administrators wishing to learn more about this timely topic will benefit from this informative presentation, followed by a question and answer session. The talk is FREE.

Speakers include Dr. Keith E. Penney of Torrington’s Center For Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director for the CHH Athletic Training Program. Also speaking will be Certified Athletic Trainer Robert Snyder, ATC, and Anthony Cannavo, ATC. Robert Snyder has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 30 years and is presently the CHH Athletic Trainer for The Gilbert School in Winsted. Anthony Cannavo has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 18 years and is presently the CHH Athletic Trainer for Northwest Regional 7 High School.

Dr. Penney will address the clinical aspects of concussions including what is a concussion, its signs, and symptoms. Robert Snyder will speak on returning an athlete to the playing field after a concussion, and Anthony Cannavo on the return of athletes to academics after injury.

To register or for more information, please call Linda Gordon at 860-379-6043.

According to the Sports Concussion Institute, a concussion is a complex pathophysiological process that affects the brain, typically induced by trauma to the brain. It can be caused either by a direct blow to the head, or an indirect blow to the body, causing neurological impairments that may resolve spontaneously. CDC estimates reveal that 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year Five to ten percent of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season.

CHH through its Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program provides comprehensive services to area athletes involving expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. As a specialty area for CHH, the program ensures that all sports-related injuries are properly diagnosed and expertly treated. Incorporating complete rehabilitation services, athletes will find that they return to their favorite sports quickly and with the maximum performance possible.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.

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