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College Of Notre Dame Hosts Sports Concussion Panel

October 5, 2010

Maria Mouratidis, Psy.D., associate professor and chair, Department of Psychology and Sociology, College of Notre Dame of Maryland will lead a community educational forum on identifying and managing of sports concussion. The event is open to those involved in youth sports, including parents, coaches, caregivers and trainers.

WHEN: 
Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Md. 21210

GUEST PANELISTS:
Joseph Bleiberg, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, CLCP, Neuropsychologist

Frank Wolkenberg, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist 

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Carr, 410-532-5546, ncarr@ndm.edu

FOR INFORMATION:
Maria Mouratidis, Psy.D., mmouratidis@ndm.edu 

BACKGROUND:
As a service to the community, College of Notre Dame has designed an educational session for parents, student athletes (of all ages), coaches and trainers, the free educational forum will cover how to identify and manage concussions and especially, prevent them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
(1) concussion is a brain injury and all are serious; 
(2) most concussions occur without loss of consciousness; and (3) "recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death” (www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/). 

Tbe CDC reports:
(1) each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 135,000 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18. (MMWR July 2007); 
(2) athletes who have ever had a concussion are at increased risk for another concussion, and 
(3) children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults (www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/).

Panelists Dr. Bleiberg and Dr. Wolkenberg are experts with significant clinical and research experience in the area of sports concussion (as well as other areas such as learning disabilities and ADHD):

Dr. Blieberg is Senior Fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital where he has treated patients, developed programs, and conducted research for the past 23 years. He was the director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, director of psychology, co-director of the Brain Injury Program, and the president of Integrated Brain Injury Systems, Inc. (an NRH subsidiary providing transitional living for survivors of traumatic brain injury) (www.bethesdaneuropsychology.com/joseph-bleiberg-phd.html).

Dr. Wolkenberg is a neuropsychologist with extensive experience in issues relating to aging and to acquired brain injury and is a certified ImPact consultant. In addition to his own practice, he has been affiliated with the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Intramural Program/Brain Imaging Section, where he worked under contract as a research scientist, and as a clinician with The Chesapeake ADHD Center of Maryland in Silver Spring and with SKY Neurological Rehabilitation in Pikesville (www.drfrankwolkenberg.com/services/bio.html).