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Letter: A Little Bit Concussed

With all of this new state-of-the-art sporting equipment, we’re made to believe that high school sports have actually been made safer over the years. But, when we hear the chants and cheers; the utter excitement of the local crowd as the pigskin is sent hurtling into the air towards the Island Trees Bulldogs’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other.

That is why in 1982, the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research was founded, to use data and research to prevent these catastrophic sports injuries from occurring. Through their research, scientists have developed the modern sporting equipment we use today to try and prevent further injuries in the game.

However, if the new equipment is supposed to be so much safer, then why are so many more youth athletes being treated with concussions? And if more protective equipment won’t lessen the number of high school students treated with concussions, what will?

Floral Park readers, what do you think? What can be done? Visit the Floral Park Dispatch Facebook page to share your opinion.

News

County sponsors Narcan training at high school

Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.

Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.


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