LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its ongoing focus to help young athletes minimize common sports injuries, a leading clinician from the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) will be discussing concussion avoidance and awareness at two upcoming youth baseball camps at Dodger Stadium.
“Most concussions happen without being actually knocked out; so it is important that athletes, coaches and parents know the warning signs,” says Summer Runestad, service line coordinator at the OIC Center for Sports Medicine and a highly experienced athletic trainer herself. “These include headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, changes in vision, and numbness or tingling in the arms or legs. When any of these symptoms occur, the athlete should immediately be pulled from play, carefully assessed, and then seek medical evaluation before returning to the field.”
While sports-related concussions have drawn significant attention recently on the professional level, young athletes present unique challenges, have a longer recovery period, and have a higher risk of a devastating injury accompanied by concussion. “A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can cause short- and long-term consequences,” says Runestad. “Athletes need to wear the right equipment to help minimize the chance of concussion and need to always let their parent or coach know if they think they have been hit hard in the head. The worst thing to do is to just try to 'tough it out' as symptoms could get worse.”
Runestad will be sharing her expertise at the Dodger camps June 22 and July 20. The four-day long camps are sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and offer boys and girls ages 7 to 12 daily instruction by members of the Dodgers major league coaching staff and Dodger alumni with special guest appearances by current Dodger players.
OIC’s annual participation at the Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp is the most recent chapter in a history of partnerships and cooperation between the two Los Angeles institutions. Last year, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation awarded a grant to OIC to support the opening of Los Angeles’ first Ambulatory Surgery Center designed and built exclusively to provide orthopaedic outpatient surgical care to children.
OIC is home to Los Angeles’ premier Center for Sports Medicine for children. Its state-of-the-art facility is staffed by a specially trained team of sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists all focused on helping each child return to his or her sport activities as quickly and safely as possible with the shortest possible recovery time.
About Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.