Ingalls, South Holland team for concussion awareness program
August 28, 2013 4:56AM
Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl champ Otis Wilson (center) signs autographs for Ingalls Concussion Program coordinator Julie Carlson and neuropsychologist Dr. Timothy McManus following an educational concussion seminar. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:02AM
Ingalls Memorial Hospital, of Harvey, and the village of South Holland recently hosted Head in the Right Direction — Concussion Awareness, featuring Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl champ Otis Wilson.
Ingalls Concussion Program coordinator Julie Carlson and neuropsychologist Dr. Timothy McManus were among the attendees of the event at the South Holland Community Center.
Cindy Copenhaver, senior recreation supervisor at the South Holland Community Center, emceed the discussion on concussion awareness featuring Otis Wilson and a panel of experts including physicians, physical therapists, neuropsychologists and police, fire and paramedic personnel.
More than 150 coaches, parents, athletes, nonathletes, health care providers and business leaders attended the free program, which also featured Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk.
The seminar was conducted in an effort to help the next generation of athletes understand the prevention, symptoms, treatment and facts about concussion.
Guests had a chance to win autographed items from the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Wolves and Minnesota Twins.
The event also included a hot dog lunch, a climbing wall, a bounce house and disc jockey.