Traumatic Head Injuries in Camp and Other Youth Settings

Recorded Webinar

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PRESENTER: Tracey C. Gaslin, RN, PhD, CRNI, CPNP (w/Special Guest: Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
COST: ACA members: $35, Non-Members: $70
CECs: 1.5

All injuries are not equally dangerous.  Some injuries, such as those to the head, can lead to long-term impairment or death.  Did you know that blows-to-the-head, from running into a tree to being hit in the head with a piece of sports equipment, were in the top five list of injuries for both campers in day and resident camps based on the results of ACA’s 2006-2010 Healthy Camp Study?  This webinar provides an overview of concussion management in camp settings, including steps for recognition, evaluation, and prevention.  Learn the physical, cognitive, emotional, and sleep-related symptoms of traumatic head injuries as well as the statistics surrounding concussions, and how to create a concussion management plan that includes development of an appropriate “return to play” policy.  This is an important webinar for camp directors, program directors, healthcare providers, and risk managers. 

Through this webinar participants will be able to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) (a.k.a., concussion),
  2. Utilize tools to evaluate MTBI severity,
  3. List concussion prevention steps for camp settings, and
  4. Create a concussion management plan and “return to play” policy.


Dr. Tracey Gaslin is a professor and dual certified nurse practitioner in pediatrics and adults.  She specializes in camp nursing, pediatrics, and children with bleeding disorders.  Her doctoral degree is in educational and organizational leadership. Dr. Gaslin periodically works as a camp consultant and legal consultant.  She publishes the majority of her work in the areas of camp nursing, service leadership, and pediatric development.  Dr. Gaslin previously served as the Medical Director at The Center for Courageous Kids where she worked with special needs populations.  She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Camp Nurses.


Kelly Sarmiento, MPH, is the Director of CDC’s Heads Up program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Over the last 7 years, Kelly has worked on multiple national, award winning, educational campaigns and initiatives that focused on raising awareness and improving prevention, recognition, and management of traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Kelly has a Masters of Public Health from Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health, and a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Core Competencies: 
Health and Wellness
Program Planning
Risk Management