Sport Communication Club to Host Concussion Forum

Sport Communication Club to Host Concussion Forum

3/19/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Sport Communication Club will host its first ever Concussion Forum titled “A Panel on Concussions” on Monday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This panel will feature coaches, trainers and professionals in the medical field around the Ashland area to discuss the problems of concussions, the myths associated with them, specific treatments and preventative measures to take if a concussion is sustained.

Because 5 to 10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion in their sport, it is important to understand what precautions to take during a concussion and how to behave after a concussion.

Megan Salatino, secretary of Sport Communication Club and moderator of the panel, says that “It is important for all students, athletes and non-athletes, and members of the community to attend this panel because concussions are a growing epidemic that happens on a daily basis. We need to be aware of the treatments of a concussion and also the long-term effects that a concussion has on the body.”

Those with questions concerning concussions can tweet their question to @AUCommStudies with the question and the hashtag #AUHeadSmart. These questions will be answered at the panel.

“This forum is an opportunity for members of multiple sport related publics to come together to discuss an issue that is clearly a problem for all sports,” said Dr. Dariela Rodrigues, assistant professor of the Department of Communication Studies. “Without proper information about concussions, we run the risk of causing long term damage that could be helped if everyone was on the same page.”

For more information about the Sport Communication program at Ashland University, visit http://www.ashland.edu/cas/communication-studies/programs/sport-communication or contact Dr. Dariela Rodriguez at drodrig2@ashland.edu or 419.289.5748.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###