UPMC and Bon Secours Health System Announce Ireland’s First Concussion Symposium
UPMC and Bon Secours Health System in Ireland joined together with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to announce the launch of Ireland’s first Concussion Symposium, which will take place on October 8, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.
Executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Micky Collins, PhD, will lead the ground breaking symposium together with a group of concussion experts from UPMC and Bon Secours Health System. This will be the first time best practices, protocols, and the treatment techniques are discussed at the national level in Ireland.
The afternoon session will also give coaches, parents, and players the opportunity to hear from experts in the field as part of the GAA’s ongoing concussion awareness and education campaign. Senior Inter-County All-Ireland wining players Michael Murphy, Seamus Callinan, and Rena Buckley will share their insights from their own playing experiences.
Charles Bogosta, president of UPMC International, joined with Bill Maher, CEO at Bon Secours, and GAA members Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Uachtarán Cumann, and Lúthchleas Gael to make the announcement.
“We are pleased to work with Bon Secours Health System to bring UPMC’s world-renowned expertise in concussion treatments to the people of Ireland,” said Mr. Bogosta. “This partnership embodies our goal of bringing the best possible health care to patients close to home, wherever that may be.”
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program opened its doors in 2000 and is a leader in testing, treating, and researching sports-related concussions. With over 17,000 patient visits each year, more than 30 staff members treat high school, college, and pro athletes — including many from the MLB, NHL, and NFL — from across the United States.
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