According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions, occur each year. Most concussions go undiagnosed and untreated, which increases the risk of serious long-term effects in athletes. In light of the media’s recent attention on the NFL and NHL players’ lawsuits, parents might understandably be concerned for the safety of their children. Parents can protect their children by recognizing the signs of a concussion and following a few helpful tips.
New Guidelines Rule Out Same-Day Return to Play for Athletes with Concussion Updated Consensus Statement Includes New Concussion Recognition Tool, Reports Neurosurgery
Any athlete with concussion symptoms should not be allowed to return to play on the same day, according to the latest consensus statement on sports-related concussion. The updated guidelines are summarized in Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
The fourth consensus report from the Concussion in Sport Group (CISG 4) represents the latest recommendations from an expert panel, sponsored by five international sports governing bodies.
They may not yet be in the big leagues, but hockey-playing youngsters, their parents and coaches need to be mindful of concussion safety and the warning signs of brain injuries that have sidelined some of the game’s biggest stars, experts say.
Concussions forced Pittsburgh Penguins captain and Canadian superstar Sidney Crosby to miss out on 41 games in 2011 — including the Stanley Cup playoffs —as well as most of the 2012 regular season as symptoms lingered.