Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Media Advisory: Children, Sports and Concussions Symposium, Monday, April 22nd, 7 p.m., Philadelphia Marriott West, West Conshohocken





Media Advisory
Children, Sports and Concussions Symposium
Monday, April 22nd, 7 p.m. Philadelphia Marriott West,
West Conshohocken, PA


WHAT:   Expert panelists will discuss understanding brain trauma injury from the perspective of physicians, athletes and coaches.
  
WHO:     Youth sports coaches, officials, players, parents, educators and healthcare professionals.

WHEN:    Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Philadelphia Marriott West, 111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428

ADMISSION:   Admission is free of charge. We request that you pre-register in advance at

DETAILS:  
The growing awareness of sports concussions sometimes overlooks our most vulnerable athletes - our children. On the evening of Monday, April 22nd, leading experts on the subject will address the concerns of parents, coaches and educators in a free symposium, Children, Sports & Concussions, sponsored by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer at the Philadelphia Marriott West, in West Conshohocken. Among the experts who will speak that night are former Major League Soccer all-star Taylor Twellman, former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau (both of whom retired from sports early due to concussions), pediatric concussion specialist Dr. Matthew Grady from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and former professional lacrosse player Brian Dougherty. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Mike Barr will also discuss coaching education curriculum and overtraining issues. Additional panelists will be announced shortly.

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Browne, who co-sponsored the Safety in Youth Sports Act, will be on hand to speak to the audience.

The event, which is free of charge to the public, will be in the Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott West, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, which represents over 130,000 children competing in soccer in 36 Eastern Pennsylvania counties, is taking a leadership role in addressing the issue of concussions in sport, and invites participants from all sports to attend this important forum.

Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer will accommodate any radio, television, print or online media requests for interviews, photo and video opportunities during the workshop.  Please contact our offices in advance with any special requests.

Media Contacts: 
  • Rob Brown, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, Office: 610-238-9966, Cell Phone: 215-218-8143, rbrown@epysa.org
Jim DeLorenzo, Jim DeLorenzo Public Relations, 215-266-5943, jim@jhdenterprises.com