An athletic trainer

who is an expert on concussions will lead a discussion on the topic on

Tuesday evening, April 30, at Roger Ludlowe Middle School.

The free program is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature David Johnson, a state-licensed athletic trainer who is the director of concussion managtement and education for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, organizers said.

The program is sponsored by the Fairfield Board of education and the Fairfield Rotary Club.

The educational program aims to reduce concussions and provide information that would prompt early recognition of symptoms and

immediate treatment, program sponsors said in a news release.

The program is designed for athletes, their parents and the general public, sponsors said.

The federal Centers for Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention says concussions account for about 75 percent of the 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. each year.

Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24, according to the

Journal of Athletic Training. About 300,000 concussions annually are sustained in high school or college sports.

Johnson has been a certified athletic trainer for 35 years. He is

involved with the Sports Legacy Institute, a

Boston-based nonprofit whose mission is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of

sports-related brain trauma.