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Irvington Students Learn How To Prevent Concussions

Dr. Mark Herceg, an Irvington parent and director of the Neuropsychology Brain Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, speaks to fourth-graders about brain injuries.
Dr. Mark Herceg, an Irvington parent and director of the Neuropsychology Brain Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, speaks to fourth-graders about brain injuries. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- A brain injury expert, who is also an Irvington parent, told fourth-graders at Main Street School that the top five sports for brain injuries are football, girls soccer, boys soccer, lacrosse and wrestling.

But, Dr. Mark Herceg noted during his May 13 visit to the school, someone who doesn't participate in sports can still get a concussion.

Herceg, Westchester County commissioner of community mental health, made his visit to the school as the fourth-graders were studying the brain, central nervous system and brain injuries. The classes were working on Project Lead The Way, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics unit, officials said.

Herceg, who was previously director of the Neuropsychology Brain Injury Unit at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, talked about the signs of concussions and how to prevent them. He reminded students that it is important to let adults know of any symptoms of concussion, officials said.

“Dr. Herceg is not only a front-runner on concussion study, but also a parent who has joined the district’s initiative to explore concussion research and lead the way in helping our active students be aware of this health-related issue,” said technology teacher Gwenn Carney, who organized the visit.

Students have been studying different parts of the brain and how each part sends signals to the rest of the body, officials said.

“All of our students were very intrigued and asked many thoughtful questions,” Carney said. “It’s always nice to have a parent share their professional knowledge with our school community."

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