Woodbridge Soccer Association To Host Concussion Awareness Program

WOODBRIDGE–On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Woodbridge Township Youth Soccer Association (WTYSA) will host a seminar, “Concussion Awareness in Youth Sports: A Guide For Coaches and Parents.” This forum will take place in the auditorium at Woodbridge High School at 7:30 p.m.

“The diagnosis and treatment of concussions, especially for our younger athletes, is the most important topic to ensuring the long-term health of our children,” said WTYSA President Mike Gibb. “It’s important for coaches and parents to learn the warning signs that a child may have suffered a concussion.”

The number of emergency room visits for concussions doubled between 1997 and 2007 for kids between the ages of 8 and 13, and tripled for kids between the ages of 14 and 19. Once a player suffers a concussion, nearly half report back to playing too soon, and players who have sustained a concussion are up to six times more likely to sustain a second concussion, according to data provided by Saint Clare’s Health System.

“The goal of this forum is to educate coaches, parents and the general public,” continued Gibb. “Attendees will hear from leading experts in the field of concussion awareness about the warning signs and dangers of concussions. We believe a forum like this, with such an esteemed roster of healthcare experts, is the first of its kind in our town. Everyone from the Township of Woodbridge, as well as all the other youth sports organizations are invited and encouraged attend.”

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Director, Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey
  • Mike Prybicien, Past President, Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey & Trainer, Passaic High School.

For questions regarding the forum, contact Mike Gibb at info@woodbridgeyouthsoccer.com. The forum is open to the public.

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