Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
Oct. 18th – Matt Fricker; Assoc. Pastor JMPC – Flood Assistance
Oct. 25th - John Rozzo; Superintendent of Schools – Upper St. Clair
Nov. 8th – Matt Kikta
Nov. 15th – Whiskey Rebellion Re-enactors – Oliver Miller Homestead
  • Emanuel Panos
  • The Sept. 30th Chili Cook-off put on by the Bridgeville-South Fayette Rotary Club was successful. Emanuel’s chili recipe was used and he was encouraged to bring his chili to next year’s Corn Roast.
  • Nov. 1st Annual Gourmet Dinner – Reservations are due next week so table seating arrangements can be finalized. Jim Hinerman reminded the members to provide Rotary Club activity photos to Keith Jackson for the video to be played at the dinner.
  • Herm Dieckmann
  • Clothing Drive – West Virginia – Members were reminded to bring winter clothes to future meetings which will be delivered to Vincent de Paul in West Virginia as was done in past years.
  • Ray Kells
  • Enjoy Books remain available to sell to gain money for the Club. The books sell for $30 and the Club makes $10 per book.
  • Karen Pfeil
  • The Bethel Park Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held this Saturday from 2-7PM at the Bethel Park Community Center
Speaker – Christopher Zanke – Physical Therapist and VP Operations – NovaCare Rehabilitation - Concussions
Concussions can occur from any blow to the head or from any quick, forceful movements to the head and neck. Symptoms of a concussion can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes in balance, lack of concentration, forgetfulness, emotional changes, and agitation.
Sports are a major source of concussions. Many different sports and athletic activity can produce concussions to participants. Football, softball, lacrosse, hockey, soccer and even cheerleading can be a concussion risk.
Despite steps taken with sportswear (e.g. helmets) to help absorb shocks to the head the brain which floats within a fluid remains vulnerable within the skull to violent shaking and injury. The brain normally heals from the effects of low impact within 72 hours. However, higher impact requires treatment after 72 hours to re-stimulation of the brain. Waiting a longer period is detrimental to recovery.
It was noted that a key educational movie, Concussion, was released in 2015 starring Will Smith who played the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania who discovered neurological deterioration in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster during an autopsy after his tragic death. The brain deterioration became known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy or “CTE” and has significantly changed the way the sports industry and medical community view brain trauma.
Increasing recognition of the detrimental effects of concussions has led to legislation, regulation, medical practices and physical therapy regimens to address the problem, especially with young athletes. Establishing physical and mental baselines is an important element in assessing the consequences of possible concussions. Technology is being developed to monitor athletes on a real-time basis to determine if physical activity is being impacted by head trauma. One such technology utilizes sensors placed in helmets or behind the ear to detect impact or blast waves (e.g. in the military) which can be read-out on digital devices like I-phones and helps sports coaches and supervisors and medical professionals to assess the impact of contact.