Concussion, Beyond Awarness
BFS has worked hard for the past five years to increase awareness of the problem of traumatic brain injury in athletics. Through out social networking channels we have shared research on the latest ways to diagnose and treat concussions. Our coaching staff has teams with experts in the field of neuroscience and medicine to given formal and informal presentations to coaches, administrators, parents and athletes on the subject. It was time for us to take the next step.
On June 13th, BFS hosted the Youth Athletic Development and Concussion Awareness Seminar at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. The focus of the seminar was on the prevention and identification of concussions, and the proven “back to play” protocols. It was designed for sports coaches and physical education teachers, and included an impressive list of speakers.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark D. Allen, Ph.D. Director of Concussion Research at Cognitive FX in Provo, Utah. Dr. Allen shared the latest research on concussions including the development of an advanced brain imaging technology called Neurocognitive imaging (fNCI). This type of MRI helps medical professionals determine the best treatment plan for those who have experienced traumatic brain injury and assess how quickly the patient is progressing in their recovery.
The seminar also included a presentation by Bobby Medina, a former BFS HIgh School athlete, NBA strength coach and a strength coach at Brigham Young University. Coach Median discussed the importance of a sound strength and conditioning program in helping to prevent concussion.
The program also included an introduction to the BFS Total Program by Chad Blevins Head Strength and Wrestling Coach for Mountain View with demonstrations of the BFS core lifts and the BFS set-rep system.
The seminar was a tremendous success, Below are some of the highlights of the event.