Coaches clinic focuses on concussions, parent suppor

LIHU‘E — The Hawai‘i Medical Service Association and the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association brought together high school coaches from around the island Saturday to attend Kaua‘i’s first-ever HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic, a news release states.

The clinic, part of the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program, was held at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihu‘e and offered a variety of presentations on some of the top challenges facing coaches today.

“Coaching high school sports and working with student athletes is far more complicated these days,” said Elisa Yadao, HMSA vice president of community affairs, marketing, and communications. “Coaches must be knowledgeable about many important issues, from preventing and recognizing concussions, to weight room safety and alternative training techniques, to working with parents. At Saturday’s clinic, coaches learned about these issues and networked with their peers and the experts.”

Opening remarks were made by William Arakaki, Kaua‘i Complex Area superintendent, and Lt. Col. Robert Levoit, West Point Field Force volunteer for Kauai. Speakers presented information on the following topics:

∫ “Working with Parents” – by Jeaney Garcia, Positive Coaching Alliance.

∫ “Weight Room Safety and Alternative Training Techniques” – by Samantha Henriques and Keith Burgess, certified athletic trainers.

∫ “Concussions: What a Coach Should Know” – by Ross Oshiro, Hawai‘i Department of Education.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes is our primary goal, and the concussion workshop for coaches helps us move toward achieving that goal,” said Ross Oshiro, athletic health care trainer/coordinator at the Hawai‘i Department of Education. “The Kaimana Coaches Clinic is a terrific forum to share knowledge and keep coaches up-to-date on the best practices for preventing concussions.”

The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program recognizes and rewards student excellence in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community service. The program also supports coaches’ education.

 Saturday’s clinic was part of a series being conducted this month across the state, the release states.

For more information on the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program, visit hmsa.com.

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