Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont will host an athletic concussions education presentation by Josh Berndt, Mayo Clinic Health System physical therapist, on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m., in the main classroom of the hospital. Berndt will address the examination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions, when it’s safe to return to sports, and the dangers of second impact syndrome. This free public presentation by Mayo Clinic Health System is part of the monthly Speaking of Health community health education series.
“Concussions often go undiagnosed. They can’t be seen on a CT or MRI scan, and student athletes may feel confused and not even realize they have had a concussion,” says Berndt. “We work closely with student athletes, coaches and parents to reduce the serious health risks associated with head injuries.”
While most concussions are mild and don’t affect an athlete’s long-term health, some can lead to serious health risks ranging from temporary memory loss to fatal brain swellings.
Registration for Speaking of Health’s “Understanding Concussions and Management” presentation is not required, and door prizes will be given away. The public may enter through the hospital entrance of Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
For more information, please call 507-238-5025 or 1-800-234-6141, extension 5025 (toll free). Previous Speaking of Health presentations are viewable via the Mayo Clinic Health System YouTube Channel.
Speaking of Health is a community health education series and does not qualify for clinical continuing education units or clinical contact hour credit. One clock hour credit is available.