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The Center for Disease Control estimates between 1.6 to 3.8 million people suffer from concussions each year. In Hopkinton a local medical practice has diagnosed twenty children with concussions in the first two months of school. Many of these children experience reduced concentration, short term memory, and comprehension that affect their school success.

Because of this, the Hopkinton Public Schools Wellness Committee and Main Street Pediatrics have partnered to present an information session entitled Understanding Concussions for parents and interested community members.

The presentation will be held on January 10, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 in the Hopkinton High School auditorium.

During the presentation, a representative from the Brain Injury Association will present “Play Smart: Understanding Sports Concussions,” Dr. Ifran Rahim will discuss “Second Impact Syndrome and Post Concussion Syndrome,” and Christopher Vanesian will discuss his own experience with post-concussion syndrome and the effect it has had on his life.

In the event that inclement weather closes the schools, the event will be rescheduled for a later time.

If you would like more information about this presentation, please contact Assistant Superintendent, Mary Colombo, at 508.417.9360.