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Head Injury Prevention and Concussion Management - September 23, 2013


Head Injury Prevention and Concussion Management
Your Children - Our Students - The Future of Our World
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Adult High School, 300 Rochester Street

September 23, 2013, Ottawa, ON – The first, OCDSB Speaker Series of the new school year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, at Adult High School, 300 Rochester Street, in the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
The topic will be head injury prevention and concussion management.  Leading the discussion will be Dr. Michael Vassilyadi.  Parents can expect to learn more about recognizing concussions and safely managing head injuries. Dr. Michael Vassilyadi will be discussing common head injuries in children including concussions, head injury prevention and return-to-play steps.
Last spring, we mourned the tragic and untimely death of Rowan Stringer.  Rowan, a grade12 student at John McCrae Secondary School, sustained a head injury during a school rugby game.  Unfortunately, Rowan did not recover from her injury. As a community, we gathered to support her family and friends and we shared the commitment of Rowan's parents, Gordon and Kathleen to learn more about concussion management.
As a school district, we are now moving from commitment to action.  Recently, we provided training to school staff on head injury prevention and concussion management.  We were fortunate to work with our community partners in health. Leading experts in the field of concussion management spoke to our staff about the signs and symptoms of concussion, about safe play and about "return to learn" strategies. They shared an important reminder for coaches about concussion management - 'when in doubt, sit them out".
When a tragic event happens, it is important that we come together as a community to support one another.  It is equally important that we investigate the incident so that we can learn from it, and determine what action if any, can be taken in order to avoid future tragedies.   The free presentation to the community seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student well-being and learning.
The series is sponsored by the District's Parent Involvement Committee and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education.  For more information on the free Speaker Series please view the following link
For more information, please contact: Paula Marble at 613-596-8253 or Sharlene Hunter, Communications Coordinator at 596-8264.