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National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) team up on campaign to raise concussion awareness

By NHL.com, 09/18/09, 9:45AM MDT

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DALLAS, DENVER -- Concussions are by far the most common, and one of the most difficult to manage injuries seen in sports today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million brain injuries that occur in sports each year -- and 63,000 occur in high school athletes alone. The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) have joined forces on a national and local grassroots campaign to educate the public, athletes, health professionals, coaches, parents, administrators and others about concussion in sports. The overarching objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of identifying concussions and implementing appropriate management when they do occur. 

As a centerpiece of the NAN and NATA efforts, a 12-minute educational video titled "Concussions in Hockey: Signs, Symptoms and Playing Safe," has now been released nationally. The video, sponsored by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association, features comments from Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars and retired NHL players Pat LaFontaine and Eric Lindros. It is available as a free online download on affiliated Web sites, including www.nanonline.org, www.nata.org, www.nhl.com and www.nhpla.com and also available, upon request, at a cost of $10 at www.nata.org/brochures.  

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