HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care Center Hosts Renowned Brain Injury Expert
ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Gerry Gioia, Ph.D., Director of Neuropsychology at Children’s National Medical Center and known worldwide for his work on pediatric head injuries, today toured HeadFirst’s Annapolis Sports Injury and Concussion Care Center. After collaborative meetings with the HeadFirst team, Dr. Gioia lectured to over 60 pediatricians and family practitioners on the importance of the proper evaluation and management of young athletes sustaining head injuries, and the proper path for a safe return to play.
Dr. Gioia speaks internationally regarding his recommendations for the evaluation and management of acute head trauma, and works with schools, teachers, trainers, coaches and physicians to ensure people are receiving current information necessary for correct head injury management. His lecture ‘Concussion Care for Kids: It’s a Team Sport,’ helps community primary and urgent care physicians learn more about the role they can play in evaluating and managing acute head trauma in sports related injuries.
“We were thrilled to host Dr. Gioia in our efforts to continue educating the community, including our own team, about this important topic,” said Righttime Medical Care Founder and CEO Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D. “Dr. Gioia understands the importance of involving the right group of health professionals in each patient’s care, and we appreciate his contributions to our awareness campaign.”
Maryland law now requires that children who attend public school or play for youth sports or recreational leagues and suffer a head injury during play on a state or county field be removed from practice or the game for a comprehensive evaluation, and be approved by a qualified medical provider before returning to play.
About HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care
HeadFirst is a program of Righttime Medical Care, the premier urgent care provider in Maryland, offering pre- and post-injury cognitive assessment ImPACT(®) baseline testing. HeadFirst partners with recreational leagues, athletic trainers, coaches, parents, physicians and specialists to assist youth-athletes in obtaining appropriate care and make a safe return to play. Additional HeadFirst and Righttime Care Centers are planned for the future. For more information, please visit myheadfirst.com or call 1-855-SIT-IT-OUT (748-4868).
Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D.
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