The CACTIS Foundation hosts special discussion about concussions in children


The Central Arizona Center for Therapy and Imaging Services, or CACTIS Foundation, is hosting a town hall meeting about education, baseline testing and treatment of young athletes with concussions. The public is invited to this informal open discussion with local experts about the current knowledge and best practices for young athletes at risk for a concussion, on and off the field.

The evening will be moderated by Dr. Hirsch Handmaker, Chairman and CEO of the CACTIS Foundation. The goal is to empower students, parents, coaches, administrators and others who
are engaged with youth sports to make informed decisions.

▪ Tuesday, Feb. 16
▪ 6–8:30 p.m.
▪ Tucson Jewish Community Center, Main Ballroom
3800 E. River Road in Tucson
▪ Light refreshments will be served

The discussion will include:

▫ Diagnosis – What is a concussion and how is it confirmed?

▫ Management – Beyond rest, what can be done to speed recovery?

▫ Education – Where can I find reliable information?

▫ Baseline Testing – Why is it necessary for a young athlete’s well-being?

Attendees will learn “return to play” and “return to school” strategies and guidelines to reduce or eliminate the long-term consequences of concussion.

Brief comments by recognized experts will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.

The panel of experts will include:

  • Francisco García, MD, MPH – Director & Chief Medical Officer, Pima County Health Department
  • Robert P. Goldfarb, MD – Consulting Neurosurgeon, Western Neurosurgery, Ltd., Chairman of the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Jonathan (Jonny) Lifshitz, PhD – Translational Neurotrauma Research Program, University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix; Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Ted Schmidt – Attorney and President, Pima County Junior Soccer League
  • Jason Sweet – University of Arizona Wildcat football player and combat veteran
  • Patricia Beldotti, PsyD – Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist – Tucson Neuropsychology Associates, PLLC; Tucson Concussion Center
  • Randy Cohen, ATC, DPT – Associate Director of Athletics and Cats Medical Services, University of Arizona
  • Ryan Finley – Reporter/Sports Editor, Arizona Daily Star

For more information, please contact the CACTIS Foundation at (844) 9-CACTIS.
You can also email Tucson Medical Center is a community sponsor of the CACTIS Foundation.

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