Recognizing and preventing concussions among youth athletes as well as ensuring a safe and healthy return to sports are the goals of an upcoming program being held at Colts Neck High School this month.

Colts Neck High School Officials are welcoming former New York Giant Linebacker and NFL Hall of Fame member Harry Carson to share his own personal experience on the short and long term impacts of concussions during the Concussion Awareness: Protecting our Kids Program at the High School on August 23rd at 5 p.m.

High School Athletic Trainer Eric Nussbaum says "Harry Carson is one who has suffered several concussions and who also suffers some of the longer term affects of concussions. So, I think he's a good one to talk about really high-lighting some of the reasons why we need to be concerned about controlling concussions and limiting the amount of concussions particularly with the high school and adolescent athlete.

The Meridian Neuroscience and Meridian Pediatric Network will also offer information to help increase awareness on recognizing concussions. Nussbaum says some of the most common symptoms of concussions are headaches, light-headedness, dizziness, feeling like you're in a fog, blurry or double-vision, ringing in your ears, nausea and anxiety ... to name a few.

Dr. Stephen Rice, M.D. Director of Sports Medicine, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center will is also speaking.

Extra-curricular Activities Supervisor Janet Bruno says parents, coaches, athletes, school nurses and doctors in the region are welcome to the free program. She says their auditorium can seat as many as 750 people and they have the ability to expand the capacity.

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