Harvard expert to deliver talk on concussion and its management at Athlone IT

Dr Michael O’Brien from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital will deliver a talk on concussion and its management in sport at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT ) on November 12.

A recognised authority in the evaluation and management of sports-related concussions, Dr O’Brien is director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an instructor in orthopedics at Harvard Medical School and served as the associate programme director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Programme at the children’s hospital.

Dr O’Brien is also a staff physician at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention in Waltham, Massachusetts, and part of the medical coverage team for the Boston Marathon, the Boston Ballet, Bay State Games and various synchronised ice-skating and track and field championships.

The talk is organised by AIT in conjunction with Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI ). Dr Siobhán O’Connor, course coordinator of AIT’s BSc (Hons ) in Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy, said: “The management of concussion in sport is a critical one, which is attracting considerable attention in the media and in practice. Dr O’Brien is a hugely respected authority in this field, and it is a great opportunity to be able to engage directly with him.

“This event will not only be of interest to and benefit our own students, but it is open to players, managers, and coaches of all sports. Ultimately, we want to communicate best practice in dealing with concussion in sport, to protect the health and wellbeing of all athletes.”

To book a place at the talk, contact James O’Toole on (086 ) 2359148 or email [email protected]. There is an admission charge of €20, or €10 for students. The talk takes place in AIT’s main campus at 7.30pm, Thursday, November 12. Registration is available from 6.45pm.

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