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Doctor Teams up with Coaches and Parents to Talk about Concussions

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:48:54 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 19 2013 11:06:13 AM CST

Parents and coaches listen to experts about signs and symptoms of concussion


Santa Barbara High teamed up with Cottage Hospital's pediatric trauma services to raise awareness about sports-related concussions.

Stephen Kaminski, M.D. said if parents notice their young athlete acting dazed or confused, they should be concerned.

Kaminski said coaches used to rely on the athletes to say whether they would continue playing, but not anymore.

Coaches are being trained to pull players out if there is any indication an athlete may have suffered a traumatic injury.

Santa Barbara High School's athletic director Joe Chenoweth said safety is the school's No. 1 priority in all sports.

Kaminski said if an athlete shows signs of a concussion, the athlete should rest his or her brain, and that means taking a break from video screens, too.

The Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center offers free evaluations.

For more information, go to, or visit the Jodi House at  625 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 563-2882


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