Mercy to Host Free Concussion Conference

May 26, 2016

ADA, Okla. – Mercy Hospital Ada and Mercy Health Foundation Ada will host a free one-day conference on concussion safety for all high school and college coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, school administrators and physicians.

“We have top caliber speakers planned to provide a number of sessions on treating concussions both on and off the field,” said Todd Essary, director of Mercy Health Foundation Ada.

Among those speaking at the event will be Dr. Michael Padilla, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.  Padilla believes the concussion management conference will promote the importance of sports programs implementation of strategies and guidelines to follow when dealing with these types of injuries.

From left: Dr. Michael Padilla and Brian Freeland, PA, evaluate player for a possible concussion

From left: Dr. Michael Padilla and Brian Freeland, PA, evaluate player for a possible concussion

“Dealing with concussions starts with education,” said Dr. Padilla. “We are going to focus on teaching and equipping the proper people with the tools they need to keep our athletes and our kids safe.”

Proper concussion management is crucial to the long-term care of the student or athlete. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 53% of high school athletes have sustained a concussion.

“It is vital that we manage these youth concussions in the right way to ensure optimal neurological development,” said Dr. Padilla, who adds that the frontal lobes of the human brain continue to develop until the age of 25. “The proper response to a concussion limits other symptoms that could develop later in life.”

Sessions provided will be general concussion protocol, concussion management and thoughts from players who have suffered concussions, including former OU and Chicago Bears running back, James Allen. In addition, a representative will present an overview of ImPACT Concussion Management Program software, which will be presented by Valley View Health and Wellness Foundation to nine local high schools and ECU. A free breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The conference will take place at the ECU Chickasaw Business and Conference Center on June 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. For questions, or to RSVP, call 580-421-1403 or email


Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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