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Concussion In Youth Sports


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Written by: President
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Among the more than 38 million boys and girls that participate in organized youth sports in the U.S. today, concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries.

Youth sports coaches are on the front line in the effort to identify and respond to concussions.

To help protect children and teens from concussions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with 26 leading health, sports, and national organizations, created a national educational initiative entitled, "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports."

As part of this initiative, CDC developed a tool kit to help youth sports coaches and administrators prevent, recognize, and respond to concussions sustained by their athletes.

The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a ding, getting your bell rung, or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

Concussions can occur in ANY sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

What are the signs and symptoms of concussion? http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html

What should I do if a concussion occurs? http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/what_to_do.html

On the CDC site you can see and download

- Fact Sheet for Coaches
- Fact Sheet for Parents
- Fact Sheet for Athletes

WPRI story - "Concussions: the silent injury" on local athlete Dylan Mello that contains several links of interest at the end.









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