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Brain trauma clinic opening in Peoria

Open house May 9 at It’s All In The Game

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Dr. Javier Cardenas

Dr. Kareem Shaarawy

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 1:00 am

B.R.A.I.N.S.* West will be opening to treat concussions from youth sports, accidents at work or falls at home. The B.R.A.I.N.S. Clinic, a part of St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Neurosciences Center, is an advanced program for treating and preventing trauma to the brain.

At 6:30 p.m. May 9, Dr. Javier Cardenas, Director of the B.R.A.I.N.S. Clinic and well known in Arizona athletics for developing protocols to reduce the damage concussions cause in games, will be speaking on things parents should know about concussions and what they can do if one should occur.

B.R.A.I.N.S.* West will formally be established in Peoria as a service available through the Saint Joseph Orthopedic Clinic that operates as a part of the It’s All In The Game Sports Center, owned by phyician Dana Seltzer, chairman of the department of orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s, downtown Phoenix. Seltzer is also the owner of the It’s All In The Game Sports Center, which opened last year.

Physician Kareem Shaarawy, also with Seltzer’s orthopedic practice at St. Joseph’s, will be the primary physician at the Peoria facility. He will also participate in the event with Cardenas to share tips for athletic trainers and on keeping kids safe and healthy in sports.

The clinic and event will take place at It’s All In The Game at 7797 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria. It is free and open to the public. The B.R.A.I.N.S.* West clinic will be operational this summer, well before football teams start to practice for next school year.

B.R.A.I.N.S.* West will complement the existing sports rehab services provided through Physiotherapy Associates and the baseball and sports conditioning training offerings of It’s All In The Game.

*Barrow Resource for Acquired Injury to the Nervous System

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