Nathan Littauer to offer “Concussion Discussion”

Nathan Littauer to offer “Concussion Discussion”

As part of Nathan Littauer’s ongoing mission to keep children safe and in the game, Littauer’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team will be presenting a unique program to the community: A Concussion Discussion. The Hospital is hosting the movie “Concussion” at the Johnstown Movieplex to be followed by a round table discussion with medical and athletic experts. The entire event will take place in a theater the hospital has rented out for the evening. “While the movie does focus on the NFL, it is a good conversation starter for any athlete, parent or coach,” explained Cheryl McGrattan, Nathan Littauer Hospital, Vice President of Community Relations.

The event will start at 6pm, Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the MoviePlex in Johnstown. Attendees will be treated to the full length movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith followed immediately by a roundtable discussion. The speakers for the evening are: Dr. Richard Solby, Pediatrician at Littauer and William Oates, Director of Rehab and Sports Medicine, also for Littauer. James Robare, Director of Athletics for Johnstown High School will also be presenting.

The event is free. RSVPs are required to for admission. Anyone interested in attending the event, is asked to please RSVP to 736-1120 or by emailing: by January 18, 2016.

McGrattan continued, “We also will simulate an on-field concussion “event” complete with proper and immediate evaluation.”

According to the CDC, “If left undiagnosed, a concussion may place an athlete at risk of developing second impact syndrome—a potentially fatal injury that occurs when an athlete sustains a second head injury before a previous head injury has completely heal.”

The hospital is also reminding the community that the program is appropriate for any high-impact sport, including soccer, snowmobiling, football, hockey, lacrosse and motocross. The event is open to coaches for any age group, parents, athletes, Athletic Directors, trainers and healthcare professionals.

According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey recently found that reports of concussions are up 60 percent over the past decade in hospital emergency rooms. And the increase isn’t a result of more injuries; it’s because people now understand the seriousness of sports injuries, and are taking preventive measures.

Littauer campiagn seeks to curb injuries in young athletes

As reported by Jason Subic for the Daily Gazette

Sunday September 12, 2010

GLOVERSVILLE — When Bill Oates was 10 years old, his Little League coach taught him how to throw a curve ball. When he was a freshman in college, he had “Tommy John” reconstructive surgery on his throwing elbow. Today he says both things should have never happened. “That’s an inappropriate age to teach that pitch. It requires a drastic amount of torque and strain on the elbow. You really can’t teach that kind of pitch until the pitcher is 16 to 18 when they have developed enough for that kind of violent pitch,” Oates said. “After the surgery my elbow never came back the same way. There’s a good chance it will be a major problem for me for the rest of my life.” Oates is the director of sports medicine and rehab at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville. He said his personal experience with an “over-use” sports injury motivated him to spearhead an effort to partner his hospital with the national STOP Sports Injuries campaign backed by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He said Nathan Littauer Hospital is the first hospital north of New York City to join the campaign. “This is an awareness campaign where we are hopefully providing an education to the community about over-use injuries, concussions and heat illness,” he said. “Whether it be athlete, coach, parent, athletic director, pee wee supervisor — everyone needs to have the tools necessary to make a knowledgeable decision about keeping athletes safe on the field and out of the operating room.” Nathan Littauer Hospital is hosting an information clinic Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Route 30 in Johnstown. The event will feature information about how to avoid common over-use sports injuries. Lisa Weisenberger, the director of communications for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, said the STOP Sports Injuries campaign was launched in April because of a growing trend in serious mishaps. “More kids are participating in sports year-round and are specializing in sports, which is causing a lot of the injuries to happen,” she said. “We’re trying to really get a grass-roots effort going to educate people about this problem in local communities like Nathan Littauer’s. People need to remember that kids are not professionals and they aren’t meant to be pitching 180 times in a game and then pitching the next day.” Since 2000 there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players, according to a study by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The same study found that among athletes aged 5 to 14, 28 percent of football players, 25 percent of baseball players, 22 percent of soccer players, 15 percent of basketball players and 12 percent of softball players were injured while playing their respective sports. The STOP Sports Injuries campaign provided statistics from medical studies that illustrate the trend toward more severe injuries among young athletes. According to STOP, more than 3.5 million children under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, with children ages 5 to 14 accounting for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. More statistics are available on the group’s website, Oates said even in the cold weather of the Northeast young athletes can find ways to practice one sport year-round, which he said is a mistake. He said athletes should play several sports to give their bodies rest and develop different athletic skills. Nathan Littauer is also joining with Broadalbin-Perth Central School to implement new sports safety guidelines across the school’s sports teams. Oates said he will continually monitor how the safety guidelines are used and whether they appear to be preventing injuries.