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Phil's Feature Safety on the Field and Off We're doing all we can to treat concussions properly C ompared with when I was growing up in the 1960s, kids today are introduced to organized sports at a much younger age. Furthermore, competition is fierce. And participating in sports becomes a huge part of their lives as they reach their teens. When I was a teen, if a student-athlete suffered a concussion, he or she was told to shake it off. But today, it's different. We now know that even though the athlete might look fine, he or she can have a variety of debilitating symptoms. To educate the community and to serve athletes, we have recently opened the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth. As the first of its kind in the Southeast, the institute is based on a model that practices a multifaceted approach to concussion injuries and sports rehabilitation-all under one roof. Why are we taking concussions so seriously? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children 14 years old and younger. Many who are affected by concussions can suffer from symptoms ranging from chronic headaches to dizziness to depression, as well as difficulties with new learning and performance in the classroom. Furthermore, if the concussion isn't treated properly, and a second concussion happens, the symptoms can be permanent, even resulting in death. When kids, or even adults, are suffering from a concussion, travel is difficult at best. However, with the Concussion Institute at GMC-Duluth offering best practices for concussion management, patients no longer have to travel to multiple offices for treatment. Such coordinated, integrated care is critical to individuals who have concussions. But it's beyond the care that we see a real opportunity for improvement. Our goal is for additional partnerships with schools, coaches and parents across metro Atlanta to educate everyone on the signs and symptoms of concussions, and to encourage our young athletes to speak up. Through these partnerships, both on and off the field, we will help our student-athletes return to the game and classroom as quickly, and as safely, as possible. Philip R. Wolfe, FACHE President and CEO 2 SPRING 2 014 Gwinnett Medical center President and chief executive Officer Philip R. Wolfe Gwinnett Health System Board of directors Carlton Buchanan, MD; Renee Byrd-Lewis; Keith Carnes, MD; Jay Desai, MD; Carolyn Hill; L.C. Johnson; J. Michael Levengood; Tom Martin; Miles H. Mason III, MD; David McCleskey, Chairman; William McGann; Charles Oglesby; Manfred Sandler, MD; Wayne Sikes; Jeff Wages; Philip R. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Staying Ahead of Concussions
The Recovery Zone
Occupational Hazards
The New Rules of Play
Shopping for Two
Back to Basics
Burn, Baby, Burn
Angelina Jolie
Rock Your Health
Breaking Up with Salt
Disgusting! (or Not?)
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Ready, Set, Run!
You Can Change the World
Out of the White Coat
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center