A local sports medicine specialist is featured in a documentary highlighting efforts to reduce concussions.
The Smartest Team airs at 11 tonight on WNEO/WEAO (Channels 45/49) and at 10 p.m. Wednesday on WVIZ (Channel 25).
The hourlong documentary shares the story of efforts at Newcastle High School in Oklahoma to use education and other interventions to reduce the number of football players suffering concussions by 75 percent during one season.
Dr. Joseph Congeni, director of Sports Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, is among the featured experts.
The documentary was produced by Brooke de Lench, founder and publisher of www.momsteam.com, a youth sports parenting information website.
“The Smartest Team grew out of an email I received from the mother of a Newcastle High School football player asking for my help in setting up a concussion risk management program for her son’s team,” de Lench said in a news release. “I decided the best way MomsTEAM and I could educate the largest number of parents, players, athletic trainers, and coaches was not just to help the Newcastle Racers set up their program but to capture it on film and make it available to a wider audience.”
The film focuses on educating parents and players, protecting players by teaching “heads up” tackling and blocking and providing properly fitted helmets, identifying brain trauma early, resting and cautiously returning to play if a concussion is diagnosed and retiring from contact and collision sports if participation poses a risk for permanent brain damage.
Akron General is offering free breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women 21 and older from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The free Pap test, pelvic exam and clinical breast exam will be offered at the Akron General Women’s Health Clinic, 676 S. Broadway, Akron. A screening mammogram also will be offered to women 40 and older who haven’t had one in the past year.
Call 330-344-2462 for an appointment.
Free Health Expo
The 2013 Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Health EXPO will take place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium Health & Fitness Center, 2345 Fourth St.
The free event includes health screenings, raffle prizes, family activities and interactive booths with community groups.
Summa Western Reserve Hospital will have its patient simulator, called METIman, on display at the event. The simulator provides lifelike breathing sounds, motion, a pulse and other physiological responses, allowing hospital employees, police, fire and emergency medical responders to have hands-on training.
Drive-in flu shots
Trying to put the brakes on the flu this season?
Mercy Homecare is holding a “drive-in” influenza vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in its parking lot at 7568 Whipple Ave. N.W., North Canton.
A Mercy Homecare nurse will come to cars and provide flu immunizations to people ages 12 and older.
The cost is $25. People who have traditional Medicare (not Medicare managed-care plans) can bring their card with them for Mercy Homecare to submit a bill.
For information, call Mercy Homecare at 330-492-8803.
Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Powell on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcherylpowell.