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Concussions in Youth Sports
Concussions in Youth Sports

Concussions in Youth Sports (29)

 
 
 
 
 

What is a Concussion?

Concussions are traumatic injuries to the brain and can be very dangerous if not properly recognized and taken care of immediately. Significant injury can occur without losing consciousness. Untreated head injuries may lead to lifelong changes such as learning disabilities, speech and motor impairment and even death.

Some symptoms to look for immediately after a hit to the head of any kind include: dizziness, loss of balance or concentration, loss of memory, vomiting, numbness or tingling, sensitivity to light or sound, headache and much more.

All athletes who sustain a concussion or think they may have sustained a concussion, No Matter How Minor, should undergo an evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider before returning to play. The athlete may be required to take what is called an ImPACT Test.

Athletes can return to play after they are completely free of all symptoms of a concussion and remain symptom free during and after physical and/or mental testing.

However, it is difficult to determine if the brain has healed from a concussion, even after all physical symptoms have resolved healing may not be complete.  Returning to play to soon and suffering another concussion can result in what is reffered to as Second Impact Syndrome which may ultimately result in coma and/or death without warning.

Concussion's in Youth Sports | How Do I Recognize a Possible Concussion?


More Information:

Eye movement test detects concussions and possible 'silent' concussions Video follows article below PHOENIX — A rapid, easy-to-administer eye movement test is showing great promise as a sideline concussion test for youth sports, a Mayo Clinic study finds. In the study, Mayo Clinic researchers assessed high school hockey players using the King-Devick test. The test requires an athlete to read single-digit numbers displayed on cards. After suspected head trauma, the athlete is given the test, which takes about two minutes, and the results are compared to a baseline test administered previously. If the time needed to complete the test takes longer than the…
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field – it may also require a break from the classroom, according to a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).   In the clinical report, “Returning to Learning Following a Concussion,” released Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, the AAP offers guidance to pediatricians caring for children and adolescents after suffering a concussion.   “Students appear physically normal after a concussion, so it may be difficult for teachers and administrators to understand the extent of the child’s…
Cincinnati, OH, April 25, 2013 -- Most children who suffer from sports-related concussions recover within a few days. However, in a small number of children, symptoms can last for a month or more. Although there have been numerous theories as to what might predict a longer recovery time, there is no definitive answer as to why it takes some children longer to recover. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers attempted to identify risk factors that might predispose some children with concussions to longer recovery times. Dr. William P. Meehan, III and colleagues from…
NOTE: Acclaimed Sports Concussion Prevention Leaders Dr. Robert Cantu and Chris Nowinski from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University state that an estimated 70 to 90 percent of concussions in sports are never diagnosed. They the study really just shows how many concussions are missed during practices due to a lack of trained eyes (like those of medics and athletic trainers) during practices. Cincinnati, OH, June 6, 2013 -- Sports-related concussion has been referred to as an “epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency department visits for concussions have increased 62% between…
With more than one million athletes now experiencing a concussion each year in the United States, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released an evidence-based guideline for evaluating and managing athletes with concussions. This new guideline replaces the old guideline. "Among the most important recommendations the Academy is making is that any athlete suspected of experiencing a concussion immediately be removed from play,” said co-lead guideline author Christopher C. Giza, MD, with the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and a member of the AAN. “We’ve moved away from the concussion grading systems we first established…

Program Stats

Physicals/Heart Screens Given 0 2 0 1
Baseline Concussion Tests Given 0 0 0 0
Coach/Team Moms CPR/AED Certified 0 0 0 7
Kids Trained in Hands-Only CPR 0 0 5 6
Available A.E.D. Loaners 0 0 0 1
Assisted Registrations 0 0 0 8
Free Sports Clinics Held 0 0 0 4
         

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