Green Sunday (7/13): High School Football is more Dangerous than Professional Football: Undetected Brain Injuries in High School Sports

Green Sunday, July 13, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

SonnyVby Sonny Vernard

Too many concussions go undetected in high school football. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. However, between 50-90 percent of concussions go undetected or undiagnosed. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a violent blow to the head. Concussed high school football players returning to physical activity prior to receiving proper medical attention are at great risk for second impact syndrome which can result in diffuse cerebral swelling, brain herniation, or death can occur.

Our speaker on tonight’s subject is originally from Long Island, NY. He does not have a New York accent. He’s an avid sports fan and can talk to you at lengths about football and professional wrestling. He promises that you will walk away today with valuable information on youth sports so you can advocate on the behalf of your younger loved one’s health.

It’s no secret in the United States that childhood obesity is a major problem. There has been a major push in recent years to encourage kids to be more physically active. Encouraging teens to play high school sports is a very good thing. But let’s make sure that your younger loved one is not put at great health risk when playing youth sports. Please welcome recent UC Berkeley Master of Public Health and Public Policy graduate, Sonny Vernard.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs and discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 p.m. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.