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Comprehensive concussion education event for athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers

VAN NUYS, Calif. (May 2013) – The second annual SCORE Concussion Program educational conference
for athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Odyssey
Restaurant in Granada Hills. Call (818) 909-5054 to register.
Hosted by the doctors of Southern California Orthopedic Institute, through the nonprofit Southern California
Orthopedic Research & Education Center (SCORE), and in conjunction with the Wells Fargo Play It Safe
Concussion Program, the educational conference will include presentations from the Southern California
Orthopedic Institute sports medicine experts, a representative from the Play It Safe Concussion Program and
featured guest speaker Reggie Berry, former NFL defensive back for the San Diego Chargers.

“It is imperative that athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers understand the symptoms and warning
signs of a concussion,” says Dr. Andrew M. Blecher, SCORE director and sports medicine doctor at
Southern California Orthopedic Institute. “We are honored to be able to continue to provide this muchneeded
comprehensive treatment and prevention education to help our local athletes stay safe.”
In addition to the presentations, students and faculty from the University of Southern California will discuss
their involvement in the Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) program, which provides
free, interactive concussion education to schools and youth organizations in Los Angeles and six other cities
across the country.
Working with the Wells Fargo Play It Safe Concussion Program, SCORE provides concussion insurance,
including baseline concussion testing and concussion management coverage, for all varsity football players
for the 2013-2014 school year, at no cost to schools. The details of the insurance program may be viewed at
For more information regarding the SCORE Concussion Program or the upcoming concussion education
conference, please contact Southern California Orthopedic Institute by calling (818) 909-5054.
Southern California Orthopedic Institute is one of the largest private orthopedic practices on the West Coast.
Along with its main headquarters in Van Nuys, the practice also has five satellite offices in the Los Angeles
area, as well as an office in Bakersfield. Over 30 orthopedic specialists provide care in the following areas:
shoulder, elbow, foot and ankle, spine, hand and wrist, hip, knee, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports
medicine, orthopedic trauma and pediatric orthopedics. For more information on Southern California
Orthopedic Institute and its specialists, visit

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