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Virginia Tech hosts conference focusing on latest sports concussion research

Friday, August 3, 2012 - 7:00am

From collegiate to youth football, hard hits have been examined by experts for some time.

Now they hope sharing information with around 100 coaches and trainers will help spread the word in their communities.

"For years we've talked about increase the awareness of concussion, but right now is a turning point to where we are actually changing practices. We are actually changing how we treat and deal with players. The coaches to go back and implement that is critically important," said Stefan Duma, Director of Biomechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.

At a Concussion Summit at Virginia Tech, researchers, equipment experts, and health professionals focus on symptoms, treatment and prevention.

"Talking to other coaches and making sure that they are aware when players do start to see those changes in mood and behavior and those types of things," said Rob Collie, Assistant Football Coach at Fort Chiswell High School.

One of the ways they are working to reduce the amount of head injuries at Virginia Tech is by teaching the proper neck exercises.

In an exercise called neck isolations no weights are used, only a spotter and a towel to help strengthen the muscle.

"In some ways it's another core. We talk a lot about our core strengthening. It protects the whole body against injury but also the core in the neck, it keeps the head upright, supports it during injury during blows and impacts," said Mike Goforth, Virginia Tech Football Athletic Trainer.

It was a days worth of learning tools from those who have studied head injuries for years.

You could consider it expertise relayed to those who can shape the future of athletics in their communities for decades.

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