Did you know that the District of Columbia is the first city in the nation to receive funding to explore and enforce the Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011 through education and awareness activities?
Funded by the DC Department of Health, experts from Children's National Health System, DC Stoddert Soccer, Medstar Sports Medicine, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC State Athletic Association, and the Brain Injury Association of DC, have teamed up to certify and instruct District youth, parents, coaches, and school personnel on how to recognize a concussion, and decide when it is safe to return to working, learning, and playing.
Through the grant, DC Stoddert Soccer and other community-based organizations are working together to support the law and spread awareness, by joining a network of health care experts and public agencies to establish a toolkit that other states and jurisdictions can successfully adopt and implement for their young athletes to avoid long-term health dangers associated with the failure to recognize and treat concussions.
So far, the public awareness campaign reached 5,558 students, parents, coaches, and community members in the District of Columbia through 15 community events and the concussion training program has been completed by over 600 coaches, athletic trainers, and school nurses in the District of Columbia.
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