Stop the Stigma Around Head Injuries How to encourage young athletes to talk about head injuries It’s not easy to pull a young athlete...
Stop the Stigma Around Head Injuries
How to encourage young athletes to talk about head injuries
It’s not easy to pull a young athlete out of a game. Even when they have a serious injury, the biggest concern of many competitive athletes is getting back on the field or in the arena as soon as possible—mostly because they don’t want to let their teammates down. Unfortunately, this is exactly why some young athletes won’t speak up when they are hurt. This is especially the case with concussions, because unlike a broken arm or twisted ankle, the injury tends to be less visible to the naked eye. Here are some ways to encourage young athletes to have an open dialogue about head injuries.Understanding the factsThe majority of concussions go undetected because the symptoms are not always immediately obvious, or athletes don’t report them. Even if an athlete doesn’t feel any lingering effects after sustaining a blow to the head, they still potentially suffered a concussion. A concussion is a brain injury, and it is critical to recognize the injury immediately and allow proper time for a full recovery.Share stories of professional athletes speaking outA number of NFL players have taken a stand on concussions over the past few seasons by retiring just a year or two into their young careers. Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland was the first player to begin the trend of safety over sports. In a statement following his retirementBorland stated, “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health.” Since retiring, four more players have ended their careers before turning 26. Hopefully the stories of these young athletes, who had made it to the highest level of their sport, will inspire others to spread the word about concussions.Eliminate the GuessworkThe King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic removes the guesswork for young athletes. The objective and accurate concussion screening test prevents athletes from hiding their symptoms. Plus, it gives parents, coaches and athletic trainers a validated screening tool to take additional precautions to ensure that the athletes are protected.
Getting young athletes to talk about significant topics such as concussions isn't always easy, but through education can improve their willingness to speak up. The simple act of having a conversation will help young athletes feel more comfortable taking the necessary time to recover from their concussion, without feeling like they are letting their team down.
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What to Know Before You Enroll 3 important questions to ask before enrolling your child in a sports program Organized sports help encourage children...
What to Know Before You Enroll
3 important questions to ask before enrolling your child in a sports program
Organized sports help encourage children to stay active, teach them the importance of teamwork, and help them make friends. The benefits of a quality sports program are endless—but it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Concussions can be one of the most dangerous athletic injuries your child can suffer, yet still studies show 85% of them go completely undiagnosed. While fully preventing your child from sustaining a head injury while playing sports is not always possible, understanding your school or athletic organization’s protocol for head injuries is one step toward making sure they are protected.
To make sure that your child’s sports organization puts safety first, outlined below are three must ask questions before dropping your kid off for that first practice.
Is there a comprehensive concussion protocol?Believe it or not, there are youth clubs and organizations that do not have a written concussion policy or protocol. Not only is it your right as a parent to expect a process for addressing head injuries in every sports program, knowing that a protocol is in place will give you solace that your child will receive the best care possible. Comprehensive concussion protocols include:
Concussion education for parents, coaches and athletes
Safe return-to-play/medical clearance after injury
Will there be an athletic trainer at games and practices? Having an athletic trainer during sports is beneficial for a number of reasons, but especially when it pertains to concussions. While athletic trainers cannot completely prevent athletes from suffering a concussion, they are trained to manage head injuries and add an extra layer of safety for your athletes. How can we reduce the number of collisions my child is exposed to at games and practice? Studies show that the majority of head injuries youth athletes are exposed to happen at practice—and they occur at alarming forces. Several organizations have taken the steps to reduce the amount of full-contact practice or eliminate headers for certain ages. Remember, if your child plays football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby, wrestling, or any other contact or collision activity, be aware of the number of head impacts that your child is being exposed to during the season. With the laser-focused attention on concussions throughout the past few years, most schools and programs should have a concussion protocol of some sort, but it’s important to know that these organizations take your child’s health as seriously as you do. King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic is a quick, objective, remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test that can be administered by parents, coaches and medical professionals. The King-Devick Test can be administered on an iPad or Android tablet and is a valuable tool to aid in the detection of concussions. For more information on how to implement King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic in your school or sports organization, contact King-Devick Test.
Sport training camps are starting, and as part of a national public awareness initiative, four local optometrists are offering student-athletes free pre-concussion screenings...
Sport training camps are starting, and as part of a national public awareness initiative, four local optometrists are offering student-athletes free pre-concussion screenings throughout the summer.
The free baseline concussion testing with the King-Devick test are being offered in conjunction with the VisionHelp Concussion Project. Read more here.
“Our research last year, conducted in concert with the National Football League, showed promising results and that has led the medical staffs from our...
“Our research last year, conducted in concert with the National Football League, showed promising results and that has led the medical staffs from our clubs to conclude that the K-D test is a viable tool and worth implementing across the CFL,” said Kevin McDonald, Vice-President of Football Operations and Player Safety for the CFL.
“They’re willing to accept a more quantitative test, as opposed to me just saying their balance is off, their speech is off—all the things...
“They’re willing to accept a more quantitative test, as opposed to me just saying their balance is off, their speech is off—all the things I could say,” Dorothy Jamison, Athletic Trainer, explained. “This is a nice thing that’s quantitative enough for them to see that, ‘Yes, my child has a concussion’, and the next step is to take them to the doctor.”