Local entities to offer concussion symposium

by Matt Lacy –


As more and more attention is being given to NFL players and the long-term effects of concussions suffered from playing the game, local entities have teamed up to provide concussion training for local coaches.


The City of Greeley, Weld County School District 6, the University of Northern Colorado and Coaches of Excellence are conducting the 2012 Greeley Concussion Symposium and Coaches/Leaders of Excellence Presentation.


The free symposium and workshop will be held on July 30, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at the Union Colony Civic Center’s Monfort Concert Hall. The Civic Center is located at 7th Street and 10th Avenue in Greeley.  Parking is free.


The purpose of the symposium is to provide concussion training, which is required for coaches of all levels as well as provide leadership training to enable coaches, teachers, parents and others in the community to encourage and inspire those with whom they interact with everyday.


The concussion workshop will be conducted by Tracy Damrell, manager of North Colorado Sports Medicine. Damrell has worked in the area for over 30 years and Tracy has been responsible for all the trainers in School District 6 as well as North Colorado Medical Center Sports Medicine’s collaboration with UNC.


After the workshop, Rod Olson, Founder and President of the Coaches of Excellence Institute, will conduct a seminar addressing timeless coaching and leadership principles for 21st century leaders. Olson had a 20 year career as a college football coach that included coaching stints at Oklahoma State University and 3-Time National Champion, Appalachian State University.


The issue of concussions has gained attention lately as former NFL players have begun to sue the League over their handling of concussions. Currently,  lawsuits involving over 2,000 players against the NFL are pending. The lawsuits claim the NFL hid the risks of head injuries for decades and ignored evidence linking the injuries to permanent brain injuries.


Last year, Colorado passed a law requiring that all coaches receive instructional training in concussions and mandating that a student athlete must be removed from the field of play if a concussion is suspected. The student is not permitted to return until approval is given by a healthcare professional.

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