SPORTS DIGEST

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Berryville

soccer camp

June 4--6

Berryville high school soccer coach Don Earnest has released the dates of this year's Berryville youth soccer camp. The three-day scamp will begin each day at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Registration will be at 3:30 p.m. the first day. Cost is $35.

Registration is in the Berryville Field House.

Auto racing kicks off; CBCO piggybacks blood drive

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is huge for race fans, with the Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600, and numerous local tracks, including Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., opening the season. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) blood piggybacks it's Laps for Life Blood Drive, this Thursday thru Saturday, May 24, 25 and 26 at CBCO Donor Centers across the region.

Each participant in the Laps for Life Blood Drive will receive an O'Reilly Auto Parts ball cap and a collectible t-shirt with the event logo emblazoned on the front. O'Reilly Auto Parts has also contributed a grand prize ticket package featuring tickets to an upcoming NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway in November.

The Laps for Life Blood Drive occurs just before the Memorial Day weekend, when blood supplies for patients at thirty-eight area hospitals can and often do run short. "The need for blood never takes a holiday," said CBCO Executive Director Don Thomson. "We're excited about this event, and thankful for the support of O'Reilly Auto Parts, Lucas Oil Speedway, our area media and our donors."

It takes around 275 blood donations each day to meet the needs of local patients. To find out how easy it is to save lives in the Ozarks, call 1-800-280-5337, or log on to www.cbco.org.

New book on

concussion and neck trauma

In the NFL, there is a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" theory regarding concussions. If an athlete has symptoms of a concussion, they often won't tell anyone for fear of losing their spot in the lineup.

Hopefully coaches and athletes in school and recreational leagues won't emulate the pro athletes in ignoring this serious health issue.

Dr. Kelly J. Roush has written the book Sports Concussion and Neck Trauma, which "educates coaches, athletes, parents and physicians on the danger of continuing to play with a head or neck injury," say Dr. Roush."I give parents and athletes a view of what type of evaluation and treatment they should expect when they go to the emergency room."

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