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Seventh Annual Athletic Trainers Conference Focuses on Concussions

Jun 10, 2014

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Dozens of top athletic trainers, physical therapists, and doctors from the region convened at The Grand Café on May 5th for the highly informative Athletic Trainers Conference presented by The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey. Attendees received the most recent information related to sports injuries and related proper medical procedures. The primary focus of this year’s conference was on concussions sustained during sports and how this type of injury affects the athlete in the short and long-term. During recent years, professional and amateur athletes, teams and leagues have placed a major emphasis on treating concussions with utmost care. Rick Burkholder, the Head Athletic Trainer of the Philadelphia Eagles, was the featured guest speaker at the conference. Mr. Burkholder, who has been involved with the NFL for over 17 years, shared his knowledge and experience as it relates to the prevention, recognition and treatment of concussions in football. Citing former Eagle star Brian Westbrook as a specific example of a player who just this past season had two concussions, Mr. Burkholder explained how the Eagles handle concussions at the highest level of professional sports. He further went on to explain what steps have to be taken before allowing an athlete who has suffered a concussion to once again become active and engaged in physical contact.   Mr. Burkholder was clear in pointing out that there should be a significant difference in the way that younger athletes are treated as opposed to older, professional athletes. In all cases, proper equipment, technique and medical care must be a primary consideration. Dr. Robert DeFalco of The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey moderated a question and answer period during and following Mr. Burkholder’s talk. Judging from the numerous questions related to the topic, it was apparent that at all levels of athletic competition, this is a medical topic that must be further researched and continue to be properly addressed. The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey features state-of-the-art care for orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses at 12 northern New Jersey locations including Hackettstown, Sparta, and Roxbury. For more information, visit

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