Brain injury and sport awareness seminar

From 7pm
Bowling Green Centre
Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
Fermanagh District Council in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s (Western Trust), Brain Injury Service has organised a free Brain Injury Awareness Seminar. This seminar is ideally for people involved in sports and sports clubs. It is targeted at sports participants, coaches and management. Head injuries sustained through sport are common with approximately 3,600 injuries treated annually at hospitals across Northern Ireland. 85% of attendees will have mild injuries however the consequences of these injuries for some and their families can be significant.  A revised action plan for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) was developed in September 2012 for those with ABI. An important aspect of the ABI action plan was to provide brain injury services, including education and support for those who have experienced post-concussion symptoms.  Speaking about the seminar, Toni Durey, Brain Injury Specialist Nurse with the Western Trust, said;  “You do not need to be unconscious to suffer from concussion. It is important that sports participants and those involved in sports management are aware of this, particularly if a participant receives a direct blow to the head. We hope to increase awareness of the risks and symptoms of concussion and I would encourage everyone involved in sport, whether as a participant or in a managerial or supervisory capacity, to come along to the seminar to increase their knowledge and understanding around this topic”.  Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Bert Johnston, said; “A wide range of individuals participate in sport locally on a daily and weekly basis and given the repercussions of such an injury, I would encourage all those involved in sport to come along to what will be a very informative evening”.  For further information regarding the seminar and to book a place please contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh District Council, 02866 325 050 or email
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