Experts hope to increase concussion awareness

Published On: Jul 12 2013 09:59:20 PM HST   Updated On: Jul 13 2013 02:37:40 PM HST

All of Hawaii's public and private school coaches and teachers are required by law to receive education on how to recognize concussions. But some local experts say more people, if not all of us, should be more knowledgeable about head injuries.

Kalani High School's football coaches push their players hard, but they know their limits, especially when it comes to concussions.

Head coach Greg Taguchi said, "We'll take the player out, refer him to the trainer. The trainer will do an assessment on him and the trainers have the final say if they can return to practice or return to the game."

"Everybody that participates, whether you're a volunteer or paid coach in athletics have to take a national federation course online and review a video to understand the cause of concussion and the treatment and the protocols you need to follow."

According to experts, it doesn't take a lot to get a concussion.

Dr. Nathan Murata of the Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program said, "It's no longer a ding, if you will. It can be a lot more serious and there are some long-term effects that if not recognized and caught early, potentially there could be problems down the road."

And that's why Murata and his team will be hosting a clinic on Thursday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McKinley High School auditorium for anyone and everyone to learn about head injuries, especially those who care for children, even if they don't participate in sports. Admission is free.

"It's very important for them to go these clinics to get information about concussions," Taguchi added. "As we know you know, it could be traumatic brain injury, that's what basically is a concussion and we're dealing with young people in their growing years and their developmental years. It could have a major impact on them, in their lives."


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