SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) and concussion experts will hold a public meeting of the Concussion Task Force Thursday, March 10 at Rockland Community College in Suffern.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
It is a time when neuroscience researchers and healthcare professionals come together to raise awareness on one of the least understood parts of the human body, the brain with its multitude of diseases and other medical ailments that afflict millions of Americans every day.
Concussions are among the most common brain injuries a patient can sustain.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.
The task force will develop strategies to educate youth and parents on how to prevent concussions.
The following will be in attendance:
- Dr. Mark Herceg – Westchester Commissioner of Mental Health. Chair, Westchester County Concussion Task Force
- Josephine Pucci - Member of USA Women’s Hockey Team and Harvard University Women’s Hockey Team
- Dr. Angela Gagliardi - Lead Concussion Specialist at New York Sports Medicine Institute in White Plains
- Dr. Andrew Satran – East Ramapo School District Physician and Pediatrician Dr. Andre Persaud - Medical Director for PM Pediatrics of Spring Valley
- Samantha Jones - Head Athletic Trainer for Athletic Training Program at Dominican College Sue Sherlock - Coordinator of Health Services at Clarkstown Central School District
The meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be in the Ellipse Lecture Hall, Technology Building at the college, 145 College Road, Suffern, N.Y.
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