September 2011

Vol. 1, Edition 8

Use Your Head About Concussions

Use Your Head About Concussions 

School is back in full swing and with it comes sports and other physical activities. While some injuries are to be expected, and most are relatively minor, you should never be lax on treating a head injury.


It is estimated that more than 90,000 high school athletes will suffer concussions each year. But even a mild concussion has the potential to cause long term problems and must be taken seriously. In fact, head injuries are the leading cause of death in high school football players.


A concussion, which is the most common athletic injury, is an injury to the brain often caused from a blow to the head. Early symptoms (minutes to hours) may include loss of consciousness, headache, vacant stare, delayed responses, dizziness, disorientation, nausea, vomiting, memory problems, slurred speech, and inappropriate emotional responses. Later symptoms (days to weeks) could include a persistent low-grade headache, dizziness, poor concentration, memory dysfunction, nausea, vomiting, becoming easily fatigued, lightheadedness, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance.


Most athletes are anxious to get back in the game after sustaining a mild concussion; however, it is always a good idea to see a physician after a blow to the head. Second Impact Syndrome occurs when a second impact takes place before symptoms from the initial injury have cleared. The second blow could be relatively minor and not even sustained to the head. However, the person may appear stunned or even lose consciousness within seconds to minutes after the impact. This is why it is so important for any athlete who still has symptoms from a concussion NOT to participate in contact sports until all symptoms have subsided.


The bottom line is, you have only one brain. It is better to sit out the remainder of a game, or possibly the next game, rather than risk permanent brain damage.


Contributor: Dean Houston
Dean is a physical therapist with SportsPlus Rehab Centers, which provides trainer coverage at many football games around the Jackson area. They offer onsite injury prevention education to coaches and players, onsite postural screenings, sportsmetics injury prevention and sports performance enhancement services. SportsPlus welcomes walk-ins at any of its locations and offers free screenings and injury assessments.
Employees Honored for Service


Recently, two Ayers Children's Medical Center employees have been honored for service above and beyond the call of duty.


Barb MeussnerBarbara Meussner, therapy manager at the Therapy & Learning Center, was presented with the Humanitarian of the Year award. This award is given annually to the West Tennessee Healthcare employee who has made the most significant contribution(s) through community involvement, church involvement, and/or civic involvement.


Rachel Ryan
Rachel Ryan, child life specialist, was awarded Employee of the Month for September. This award is presented monthly to a West Tennessee Healthcare employee who epitomizes the organization's culture statement Love and Respect for People.


We congratulate both of these ladies on their outstanding achievements. To read more about each of the recipients and their honors, click on their names above.

Monster Mash...Boo-ling Bash


Strikes 2011Strikes for Tikes is a fun, family-friendly event designed to raise funds for the Therapy & Learning Center. You don't have to be a regular bowler to participate. You just need a heart for helping people of all abilities.

This year's event, presented by BancorpSouth, promises to be a scream as we get into the spooky spirit of Halloween with Strikes for Tikes ... Monster Mash Boo-ling Bash. The event will be held Saturday, October 29 from Noon-4 the Bowling and Skating Family Fun Center in Jackson.


So grab your ghouls and goblins and join us for a frighteningly fun time!


For more information or to register your team, visit or call 731-984-2144. 


All proceeds benefit the Therapy & Learning Center.

Baseball Player Gives Back


Jackson Generals visitStephen Penney, pitcher for the Jackson Generals, recently visited patients in the pediatric unit at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. While there, he talked with children and their families, gave them autographed baseball cards, and invited the patients to join him at a future game - once they felt better.


Jackson Generals players visit periodically throughout the season to help brighten the days of our patients. We would like to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to bring joy to others.


In This Issue
Use Your Head About Concussions
Employees Honored for Service
A Frightenly Fun Boo-ling Event
Baseball Player Gives Back
Health Fair for All Ages
Get Away from It All!

Health Fair 


Join West Tennessee Healthcare and get "On the Right Track to Good Health" at its annual health fair for the community on Saturday, September 10. The event is FREE and open to all ages. It includes free screenings such as cholesterol, glucose, bone density (for those 50+), vision, body mass index, blood pressure, and more.

There will be a special area just for children with blood pressure and other screenings available. There will be lots of great information for keeping your child healthy. Plus, there will be prizes given away throughout the event.


Health Fair

September 10


Signature Chefs

September 15


For Whom the Belle Tolls...a simply southern murder

September 22


Racing To Ride
October 15


Girls Weekend Getaway
October 21-23


Strikes for Tikes

October 29


Charity Gala
November 12

Get Away From It All 


Work, soccer games, dance practice, piano lessons, dinner, laundry. Some days a mom's to-do list seems endless. Wouldn't it be great to get away from it all and just relax?

The West Tennessee Women's Center invites you to plan a weekend away-to de-stress! It's the Girls Weekend Getaway, October 21-23 at Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee.

You can pamper yourself with spa treatments, attend fun and educational events, learn to belly dance, get a make-over, do a craft project, relax in a Zen garden, or become an "extreme couponer." It is totally up to you!  There will be sessions about fitness, dining, hobbies, and more. Free health risk assessments will be offered.


Click here for more details.


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Ayers Children's Medical Center
620 Skyline Drive
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 541-6448


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