It is one of the most common brain injuries in the US and even though there continues to be more and more information about concussions, the Syracuse Crunch and Upstate Concussion Center want to continue the conversation about it.

The two are teaming up for a free Concussion talk Saturday March 24 at 5:30 p.m. before the team plays the Utica Comets at 7 p.m.

Syracuse Crunch Chief Operating Officer Jim Sarosy tells NewsChannel 9, “We feel we have a responsibility to help further that education of the sport we all love, in our case hockey, but really for any youth sport.”

“We can’t treat concussion only in a clinic, we have to be out in the community educating people.  Like I said if we don’t know a concussion occurs we can’t treat it.  A lot of my recommendations are things parents or teachers or coaches need to know.  That’s often as important as any medication or therapy.”  Dr. Brian Rieger, Director of the Upstate Concussion Center says.

He says one of the easiest things parents, coaches teachers can do is download the CDC’s Heads Up Concussion app.

The app gives information like, what is a concussion and very simple signs and symptoms.

“We have to remember in most cases as long as we do the right things, we recognize a concussion, treat it properly, we’re going to get past it without long term consequences.”  Rieger says.

Sarosy adds, “This is legit, come and listen, learn and let’s put these kids in the best position we can, not just athletically but life skills.” 

The Concussion Talk will teach coaches and parents the warning signs of concussions and ways to prevent brain injuries in sports.

The talk will be held on the third floor of the War Memorial Arena in Assembly Hall and features Director of Upstate Concussion Center Dr. Brian Rieger.

Attendees who pre-register for the Concussion Talk will receive a complimentary ticket to the March 24 game and may purchase additional tickets for $16.

Walk-in attendees may also purchase game tickets for $16.

To reserve a seat, visit the Crunch office at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse or contact the team at 315-473-4444.