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 so that all athletes understand the facts.Symptoms are not always obvious.The majority of concussions go undetected because, aside from vision impairment, the symptoms are not always immediately obvious, can be delayed 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. Using the King-Devick Test to screen for concussions, will make sure that players and coaches recognize the injury immediately, and allow for proper time for a full recovery. Remember, sustaining a second concussion before the first one has healed can lead to more serious injury, or even in rare cases, death.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 almost always the answer is no. Even if a school or sports club has a resident trainer, athletic trainers cannot completely prevent athletes from suffering a concussion. Instead, make sure that someone at every game and practice is using the King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic to screen for concussions right from the sidelines in just under two minutes. 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.
“When they can see a number and see a time that is different from their baseline,” said Dorothy Jamison, ATC. “They all have a...
“When they can see a number and see a time that is different from their baseline,” said Dorothy Jamison, ATC. “They all have a baseline test and they see when they do test. They think they are feeling fine and the timer shows that they are much slower or they have errors on reading the numbers and this test is something quantitative they can see.”
Sailors uses the K-D test during practice, when the Falcons are without the luxury of an athletic trainer. “If a kid gets hit and...
Sailors uses the K-D test during practice, when the Falcons are without the luxury of an athletic trainer. “If a kid gets hit and he’s a little woozy, then we will have him take the test and see where he’s at. If he’s above his baseline, we know something might be going on," Sailors said. “This isn’t going to replace a trainer on the sideline for us. They still have the authority on game night, but at least we can track it here at school. Us coaches, we’re not experts in concussions.”
The manner in which the eyes scan during a reading-related task may be an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease. This was demonstrated in a recent...
The manner in which the eyes scan during a reading-related task may be an indicator of Alzheimer's disease. This was demonstrated in a recent study in the Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders Journal using a test called the King-Devick.
The King-Devick Test was initially developed as tool to help determine reading problems in children related to how the eyes scanned the page. It was a flip book with a series of reading cards that tested horizontal saccadic eye movement that was comparable to a reading pattern.