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Kids and concussions: How to play it safe

Jan. 31 at noon on Facebook and YouTube

Every year, hundreds of thousands of school-aged children get concussions, a mild form of traumatic brain injury. But while concussions are common, the health impacts can be serious.

Join two concussion experts, Drs. Sondra Marshall and Viviane Ugalde, to learn more about concussions—what they are, how they happen and how local health care providers and schools are teaming up to better identify and treat children who experience one.

Dr. Sondra Marshall is a licensed psychologist who has specialized training in pediatric neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Marshall, who earned her doctorate in 1997 from the University of Utah, helped establish the Central Oregon Concussion Program and works closely with researchers at the University of Oregon as well as national experts to ensure the safety of youth in our community. She is also the Division Chief of the PEDAL (Programs of Evaluation, Development and Learning) clinic for St. Charles.

Dr. Viviane Ugalde is a fellowship trained physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at The Center and has a subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. Her clinical focus is neurological rehab with a special interest in biomechanical sports research. Dr. Ugalde has practiced concussion management since 1990 and runs weekly concussion clinics to help coordinate care for both pediatric and adult patients. She is a board member of the statewide Oregon Concussion Awareness Program, medical consultant for OSAA and advisory board member for the UO CDC Return to Learn grant.

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