@ Arlington Career Center
816 S. Walter Reed Drive

Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: 703-228-8700
Fax: 703-228-8705
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Concussion Education Session for Parents, Students and Coaches


Brain injuries, especially in young athletes, have been getting a lot of attention recently. To provide coaches, parents and student-athletes with up-to-date information about concussions, Arlington Public Schools is holding a concussion education program later this summer. The session will be held on Aug. 29 from 7 – 8 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School. In addition, a separate training will be held for all APS coaches.

“Research shows that young athletes pose a unique challenge since their brains are still developing and may be more susceptible to the effects of a concussion,” said Virginia athletic trainer and health and physical education supervisor Debbie DeFranco. “We recognize the importance of concussion management and believe that educating student-athletes and their parents about the risks involved with brain injury is a critical step in the process to treat students and return them to normal activities.”

Supported by a grant from the Virginia Department of Public Health, APS is partnering with the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) to provide the Advanced Concussion Training (ACT) sessions. SLI is a Boston-based non-profit organization founded to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.

ACT sessions are designed to provide basic concussion information, best practices, and advanced strategy and tactics for coaches, teachers, parents, athletes, and school or government officials who may encounter athletes with head trauma. The sessions are being presented by SLI executive director and co-founder Chris Nowinski who also serves on the NFL concussion committee.

All APS coaches are required to attend a training session later this summer. APS will also host coaches from Prince William County Public Schools and Falls Church City Public Schools.
The Aug. 29 multimedia presentation will focus on:
  • Concussion basics and concussion recognition
  • Concussion reporting & athlete psychology
  • Appropriate concussion response & evaluation
  • Return-to-play following concussion
  • Coordination of concussion care with school & family
  • Potential academic consequences of concussions
  • Concussion prevention strategies for coaches & athletes
  • Long-term effects of concussions & brain trauma – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • CTE prevention strategies
  • Review of the latest technologies in the fight against concussions
  • Strategies to create a safer sports environment
  • SLI’s 7 Steps to Brain Safety

The session on Aug. 29 at Kenmore is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Sports Legacy Institute and the ACT session, visit www.sportslegacy.org.


Kenmore Middle School