As sports teams start practicing for the upcoming school year, proper safety measures are imperative. Next month, student athletes, parents, coaches, school nurses and doctors will be able to see NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson join local health professionals at to talk about the dangers of concussions.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury that are very common among athletes. Carson, who played for the New York Giants from 1976 to 1988, told ESPN New York last year that he suffered between 12 to 18 concussions during his career. On August 23, Carson will join Stephen Rice, director of Sports Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Eric Nussbaum, Colts Neck High School athletic trainer and current president of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey, for a presentation on how to spot concussions and how to recover quickly from them.
The event will start at 5 p.m. in the Colts Neck High School auditorium, according to the school website.
All of the speakers are affiliated with Meridian Neuroscience and Meridian Pediatric Network. According to Meridian's website, the event is free but space is limited and prior registration is required. To register and find more information, visit Meridian's website.