It has become all about awareness. Fifty years ago, a concussion was a brain bruise. Give it a few days and it’ll heal. Certainly any lingering effects were brushed off by the general public with, “those headaches are normal…they’ll go away. Don’t worry!”
Times have changed. If only it were just a few headaches that go away, leaving no lasting damage.
This year’s theme for National Neurosurgery Awareness Week, April 15-21, 2012, is Make Concussion Awareness a Part of Your Playbook. In conjunction with this week is the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ (AANS’) Annual Scientific Meeting.
AANS has partnered with the ThinkFirst Foundation for Kids Safety Day at the Feinberg Fisher School in Miami to support a special head injury prevention and helmet fitting event. Some 100 students, from pre-school to eighth grade, are to receive bike helmets along with special instruction for their proper usage.
As part of its continuing education program, AANS has developed a PowerPoint presentation entitled, “Concussion and Sports: Useful prevention and treatment information for your community fromAmerica’s neurosurgeons.” AANA members can use this PowerPoint when talking to any community organization, school, or coaches’ group, as examples.
In addition, AANS has updated its Web site, www.AANS.org, regarding concussion and sports-related head injury, so that visitors and media have access to current news and stats.
As one of this country’s older medical associations, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, is a scientific and educational association with more than 8,400 members worldwide.