Free symposium to address concussions in student-athletes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - With the school year underway, a new group is about to hold a concussion symposium to address student-athlete safety in Kern County.

Every year, student-athletes suffer concussions, which may not be properly diagnosed or treated.

"You don't have to lose consciousness in order to have a concussion," said David Harrington, director of operations at Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield.

Soccer and football are the two sports with the highest incidents of concussions, said Harrington. But, it can happen in any contact sport. Parents may not even know there's a problem.

The symposium is being hosted by the Kern County Symposium Consortium and sponsored by the Kern High School District. The focus will be on efforts to prevent sports-related head trauma in student-athletes.

The event is free and open to the public, slated for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Kern High School District E.O.C. Building, 5801 Sundale Ave.

For more information, contact Alyxis Hedrick at (661) 473-3960.