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Concussion Awareness Program

APS athletes, coaches, and parents are encouraged to attend this event at Volcano Vista.

Apr 25, 2011
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow Blvd. NW
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A concussion-prevention program for student athletes, coaches and parents will be hosted by the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, one of the leading organizations in the country dealing with pediatric acquired brain injury. About 200 Albuquerque Public Schools Volcano Vista High School student athletes are expected to attend the multimedia presentation, which is part of a public campaign to bring awareness about youth sports concussions to high schools across the country.

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between one million and four million new brain injuries occur every year in America due to trauma in sports and recreational activities. More than 767,000 American youth visit the emergency room because of traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those, more than 80,000 are hospitalized and more than 11,000 die. Upwards of 80 percent of children in juvenile detention centers across America have some form of a brain injury, most of which have not been identified.

Leslie Mabry of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation will present the concussion multimedia program. The foundation is named for a young girl who suffered from pediatric acquired brain injury after she was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was only five years old. The national tour is sponsored by Easton-Bell Sports, a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative sports equipment, protective products and related accessories; and Angels on the Bay, a nonprofit children’s charity. For more information on the foundation, visit its website at