Brain Injury Association of Virginia Wins National Award for Sports Concussion Public Service Announcements

Richmond, VA (1/10/2011) – The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) was awarded the 2010 Award of Excellence for Communications at the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Leadership Conference this December.

BIAA honored BIAV for their work using public service announcements (PSA’s) to inform Virginians about the dangers of sports concussion, a topic that has generated quite a bit of concern, from national professional sports organizations, including the National Football League, to local school and travel sports teams.

BIAA, the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization, was founded in 1980. BIAA and 40 chartered state affiliates exist to provide help, hope and healing to people with brain injury and their families, educate the public on the risks and impact of brain injury, and advocate for legislation and improved medical and community based services. Collectively, they serve over 3 million individuals.

“National awards are always exciting, and we are very proud that the value of our statewide educational campaign to reduce injury and enhance concussion management by coaches, parents and student athletes has been appropriately recognized,” said Anne H. McDonnell, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.

The PSA’s emphasized early identification and proper management of sports concussion.  “Concussions are generally reversible events provided they are recognized early, treated appropriately and prevented from reoccurring during the recovery phase,” said Dr. Gregory O’Shanick, Medical Director of the Brain Injury Association of America, and Medical Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services in Midlothian, Virginia.

To find out more information about the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, visit To view the PSA’s, visit BIAV’s YouTube page at To learn more about brain injury and sports concussion, visit or

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen was proud to be a part of the development and production of these Public Service Announcements. Allen & Allen attorneys have handled thousands of brain injury cases from mild traumatic brain injury to severe traumatic brain injury to hypoxic brain injury and brain injury cases resulting from medical malpractice. The attorneys of Allen & Allen are active supporters of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.