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Safety on the
Field and Off
We're doing all we can to treat
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
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President and chief executive Officer
Philip R. Wolfe
Gwinnett Health System Board of directors
Carlton Buchanan, MD; Renee Byrd-Lewis; Keith Carnes, MD;
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Tom Martin; Miles H. Mason III, MD; David McCleskey, Chairman;
William McGann; Charles Oglesby; Manfred Sandler, MD;
Wayne Sikes; Jeff Wages; Philip R. Wolfe
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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
Staying Ahead of Concussions
The Recovery Zone
The New Rules of Play
Shopping for Two
Back to Basics
Burn, Baby, Burn
Rock Your Health
Breaking Up with Salt
Disgusting! (or Not?)
Ready, Set, Run!
You Can Change the World
Out of the White Coat
Vim & Vigor - Spring 2014 - Gwinnett Medical Center