National Academy of Neuropsychology to Release Position Paper on the Diagnosis and Management of Sports-related Concussion

Saturday, November 10, 2007 General News J E 4
What: A press conference to announce the National Academy of Neuropsychology's (NAN) position paper on the role of neuropsychological evaluation in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussion. Sports-related concussions have increasingly become a focus of the sports and popular media because they occur frequently and can produce a wide range of symptoms from mild and transient to catastrophic.

Why: The Centers for Disease Control have estimated that 300,000 concussions occur due to sports each year, which breaks down to 822 sports-related concussions per day. This includes all levels of play. While these numbers may appear daunting, it is likely that they significantly underestimate the true rate of concussion since most concussive injuries are not brought to the attention of medical personnel.

NAN is a professional association founded in 1975 to advance Neuropsychology as a science and health profession, to promote human welfare and to generate and disseminate knowledge of brain-behavior relationships. NAN has become a vibrant organization of the world's leading scientist-practitioners, academics, clinicians and researchers in the field of brain functioning. The association's current membership is over 3300 with representation by seventeen countries. The Annual Conference is attended by an average of 1500 neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, and neurologists.

CONTACT: William Perry, Ph.D., President, +1-619-543-2827,; or Dorothy Shadrick, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, +1-303-691-3694,, both of NAN

Who: Dr. William Perry, President, NAN Dr. Ruben Echemendia, President-Elect, NAN, Co-Author Dr. Jeffrey Barth, Co-Author When: Friday, November 16, 2007 4:00 pm PST Where: Mapmakers Room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa 6902 East Greenway Parkway Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

SOURCE National Academy of Neuropsychology


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