Pennsylvania to award grants for concussion ideas

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Organizations with ideas to make high school students more aware of the causes and consequences of concussions have the chance to win money to develop those ideas.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be given out by the state Health Department. Any agency may apply -- public or private, for profit or nonprofit, with a federal Tax ID number. Sports organizations, schools, park and recreation centers and parent groups are among the groups that will be considered.

The state officials say education and awareness activities should aim the message to any of the following: health care professionals, teachers, athletic trainers, coaches, school nurses, community sports programs, community members and people who provide recreational opportunities that could result in physical injury.

Training materials for the activities supported by the grant should teach what to do if a student is hurt in a way that could result in a traumatic brain injury. The activities should cover how to recognize the warning signs that a concussion has occurred, how to manage concussions and mild head injuries, and how to intervene if an athlete may have suffered a concussion or mild head injury.

The application can be downloaded from: www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol43/43-29/1361.html. Deadline for mailing is Aug. 13. The applications should include who the target audience is, who will do the training, what it will consist of, how funds will be spent and how success will be measured. A total of 13 grants will be awarded. For more information, contact Julie Hohney, public health program administrator, at 1-717-772-2762 or jhohney@pa.gov.

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