Experts hope to increase concussion awarenessUPDATED 10:45 PM HST Jul 12, 2013Video Transcript
and private school coaches and teachers are required by law to receive education on how to recognize concussions. But some local experts say more people, if not all of us... should be more knowledgeable about head injuries. KITV4's Justin Fujioka has the story. Kalani High School's football coaches push their players hard. But even if it's just a preseason warmup... they know their limits, especially when it comes to concussions. Greg Taguchi: "WE'LL TAKE THE PLAYER OUT, REFER HIM TO THE TRAINER. THE TRAINER WILL DO AN ASSESSMENT ON HIM AND THE TRAINERS HAVE THE FINAL SAY IF THEY CAN RETURN TO PRACTICE OR RETURN TO THE GAME." And head coach Greg Taguchi says that's not just for football... but for all sports. Greg Taguchi: "EVERYBODY THAT PARTICIPATES, IS COACHING, WHETHER YOU'RE A VOLUNTEER OR PAID COACH IN ATHLETICS HAVE TO TAKE A NATIONAL FEDERATION COURSE ONLINE AND REVIEW A VIDEO TO UNDERSTAND THE CAUSE OF CONCUSSION AND THE TREATMENT AND THE PROTOCOLS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW." Justin Fujioka: "EXPERTS SAY IT DOESN'T TAKE A LOT TO GET A CONCUSSION AND IF IN DOUBT, TO CHECK THINGS OUT IMMEDIATELY, EVEN IF YOU DON'T BLACK OUT." Dr. Nathan Murata: "IT'S NO LONGER A DING, IF YOU WILL. IT CAN BE A LOT MORE SERIOUS AND THERE ARE SOME LONG- TERM EFFECTS THAT IF NOT RECOGNIZED AND CAUGHT EARLY, POTENTIALLY THERE COULD BE PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD." And that's why Doctor Nathan Murata of the Hawaii Concussion Awareness and Management Program will be hosting a clinic for anyone and everyone to learn about head injuries... especially those who care for children, even if they don't participate in sports. Greg Taguchi: "IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO GO THESE CLINICS TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT CONCUSSION. AS WE KNOW YOU KNOW, IT COULD BE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, THAT'S WHAT BASICALLY IS A CONCUSSION AND WE'RE DEALING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR GROWING YEARS AND THEIR DEVELOPMENTAL YEARS. IT COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THEM, IN THEIR LIVES." Justin Fuijioka, KITV4 News. That concussion clinic is Friday, July 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 P-M at the McKinley High School auditorium. Admission is free.