Scottsdale Rotarians tackle the topic of concussions

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In sync with the official kick-off to the National Football League season, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale received a timely visit from Dr. Javier Cardenas, a neurologist with, and founder of, the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center.

Dr. Cardenas is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the diagnosis and treatment of concussion and other forms of brain injury, like those commonly associated with football, according to a press release.

Dr. Cardenas is the only Arizona neurologist on the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, where he advises the NFL on best practices for concussion prevention and management, and he can be found on the sidelines of every Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University home football game consulting with players who may have a sustained a concussion.

Rotarian Jim Bruner introduced Dr. Cardenas to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at the Club’s luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale’s McCormick.

Dr. Cardenas spoke on specific cases not solely involving junior high and high school male football players, but also female sports including both cheerleading and soccer, the release stated. He made specific note of incidents stemming from two moves often performed by high school and collegiate cheerleading squads; the ‘basket toss’ and ‘pyramid’.

In addition, Dr. Cardenas highlighted the rare, but often fatal, consequences of ‘Second Impact Syndrome’, which occurs when the head suffers a second, similar, traumatic injury before recovering from the first injury.

This event can lead to immediate collapse and loss of consciousness, loss of eye movement, and even respiratory failure. Dr. Cardenas made a point to stress the importance of getting medically cleared by a qualified neurological physician before resuming elevated physical activity if suspected having suffered even the mildest of concussions.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s programs, membership and projects visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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