Dean Foundation launches new concussion prevention program
Head Smart aims to teach parents, students and coaches better concussion prevention and concussion management tools
Just in time for the school year, the Dean Foundation has just launched a new concussion education and awareness program called Head Smart™.
Being Head Smart is about more than just sitting out of the game when a child has sustained a concussion. It means recognizing that concussions are brain injuries and knowing the steps to proper healing so kids can get back in the game safely. It also means understanding how to work together to ensure that the health of young athletes comes first.
The goal of the program
The Head Smart program aims to help parents, coaches, educators and athletes all work together to ensure proper recovery from concussions. This includes minimizing the risks associated with returning to physical activities too quickly after sustaining a concussion.
Head Smart is similar to the Dean Foundation's Crash Helmet program, which has promoted the importance and proper usage of bike helmets in a generation of southern Wisconsin residents. Hopefully, Head Smart will do the same for concussions.
More about Head Smart
Head Smart is a collaborative effort between Dean Foundation and doctors from Dean Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital and Madison Emergency Physicians. Dr. Brian Reeder, a Sports Medicine Physician with Dean Clinic, will serve as Medical Director for Head Smart.
The program will focus on community outreach through speaking engagements, public service announcements and a new website dedicated solely to concussion management. The website - beheadsmart.org -is already live and features interesting videos, downloadable content and interactive features. Be sure to check it out.
Attend the first event
You're invited to attend the first Head Smart event "Kids & Concussions" on October 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregon Community Sports Arena. It will be presented by Dr. Deanne Eccles, a Dean Clinic Sports Medicine physician.
There will be more events open to the public beginning in 2015. Visit beheadsmart.org regularly for updated news and announcements.