High School District 214 will host a Concussion Awareness Night on Wednesday, April 25 in the John Hersey High School Carter Gymnasium.
The evening is designed to educate parents about the issues of concussions in youth sports including what to do if you think your child has suffered a concussion, tips for choosing the right medical professional, and how to put together a concussion history.
The evening will start at 7 p.m. with a welcome message by Dr. Chris Nowinski, a graduate of Thomas Middle School and John Hersey High School, and the CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF). CLF is a Boston-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma on athletes and other at-risk groups.
In 2008, CLF and the Boston University School of Medicine partnered, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), to form the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE) and founded the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, which now includes the largest CTE tissue repository in the world. After five successful years, the BU CSTE merged into the NIH-funded Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BUADC) and was renamed the BU CTE Center, where multiple research programs are focused on learning how to diagnose and treat CTE.
Following his welcome, Dr. Nowinski will interview Mike Adamle about his struggles with dementia and probable CTE. Mike is a former All-American football player from Northwestern, and also played professionally for several years with several team, including the Chicago Bears. He served as a sportscaster for NBC5 Chicago. Along with his wife Kim, Mike has been very open and public about his courageous battle to live their best life every day despite the symptoms of this disease. In partnership with CLF, the Adamles have created The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above to provide patients and families living with symptoms of CTE with tools, resources, a supportive community, and most importantly, with hope.
Following this presentation, Ric Bacon, Hersey’s Certified Athletic Trainer, will discuss the District 214 Return to Play Protocols for athletics, and Cheryl Novak, Certified School Nurse at Prospect High School, will discuss the District 214 Return to Academic Protocols. The evening will conclude with an opportunity to meet Dr. Nowinski and Mike Adamle in an informal setting.