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Stefan Hagopian, DO, FAAO
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There are many different ways of sustaining traumatic injury of the physical type. Most severe trauma is infrequent, while most of the more common types of trauma are benign in nature - with consequences that are felt only much later in life. Many activities that can be traumatic in routine engagement are not easily changed due to long-standing habits, occupational demands, or other resistance from patients who are not impressed enough by the dangers inherent in certain activities.

Some recreational activities such as soccer, or amusement park rides like the simple roller coaster, can be traumatic to the brain in many different ways. These minor but frequent traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) have been documented in the medical literature for decades but have not reached the public consciousness. The purpose of this lecture is to place the more common and frequent sources of TBI in proper epidemiologic context, and to raise awareness of their possible long term consequences.

Learning Objectives:
1. To understand the dangers as described in current medical literature pertaining to some very common recreational activities, especially the risks of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which can occur as a routine consequence of participation.
2. To appreciate the frequency of participation by children and adults in specifically risk-prone common recreational activities
3. To increase awareness of the ease with which traumatic brain injury can occur without accidental mishap during participation in common recreational activities.

OPSC is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. OPSC designates this program for the a maximum of one (1) hour of AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and speciality credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in this activity.



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Stefan Hagopian, DO, FAAO is a long time member of OPSC, as well as the AOA, AAO and OCA. He is presently Associate Professor in OMM (clinical and adjunct lecturing) at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, a member of the AAO Board of Trustees, and for the past 3 years a California Delegate to the AOA House of Delegates. Teaching experience includes lecture and practical clinical teaching in many academic settings including continuing medical education programs over the past 30 years in the fields of anatomy, embryology, and clinical approaches to osteopathic practice, including a biodynamic approach to osteopathy in the cranial field.

Dr. Hagopian graduated from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988, was board certified by the AAO in OMM/NMM in 1994, by the OCA in Cranial Osteopathy in 1997, and by the fellowship committee as FAAO in 2007 by the AAO. He currently practices in Santa Monica, California where he treats patients of all ages for a wide range of needs, with special emphasis on the treatment of infants and children for neurological conditions including the so-called autism spectrum of disorders, complications of surgeries, birth injuries, and other types of trauma.


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