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.
If you read the marketing material printed on some popular sports helmets, you’d most likely get the impression that scientific research proves these particular helmets will provide your child better protection against sports-related concussions (SRC). Not necessarily so says Dr.Alison Brooks, with the University of Wisconsin.
Brooks and her team reviewed three helmet brands used during the 2012 football season.
As popular as football is, a recent report stated Pop Warner Youth participation dropped almost 10 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2012.
It seems the NFL’s high profile concussion-related lawsuit not only created daily headlines but also parental fear.
The NFL and USA Football have responded by promoting “Heads Up” Football, a new safety measure that may help bring kids back to the game.