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Role of Athletic Trainer Explained

Eric Laudano, head athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the role of an athletic trainer in preventing and treating sports injuries.

Heads Up New Jersey! Second Annual Sports Concussion Summit on Sunday, July 17 in Plainsboro

Heads up to physicians and health care providers in the Garden State: here's a chance to learn about sport concussions from some of top experts in the field as, this coming Sunday, July 17, 2011, the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey will hold its second annual sports concussion summit in Plainsboro.

Concussion Risk Doesn't End with School Year

For an increasing number of kids these days, playing sports doesn't end with the school year.  If anything, the competitive intensity of all-star, tournament, travel ball, and sports camps during summer vacation means increased athletic exposures and risk of concussion.

Opening Post/Press Release/New Beginning

I guess welcome and thank you.

I am honored to be involved with MomsTeam, in what ever role and/or fashion that Ms. de Lench has in mind.  As a blogger, we naturally thought this would be a good place to start.   

With concussions becoming a huge part of the sporting landscape recently there have been more and more opportunities for people and parents to learn about this injury.  I felt it was a good enough time to start a blog devoted to the gathering of concussion realted content.  That is why I started The Concussion Blog (www.theconcussionblog.com) in September of 2010.  It has since grown and "I" has turned into "we" as there were others out there wanting to voice/help in the this cause.

Concussions in High School Sports Rising at 15% Annual Rate, Study Finds

Concussion in high school sports are increasing at a 15% annual rate, finds a new study. Consistent with previous studies, football accounted for more than half of all concussions and a concussion rate nearly double the rate for girls' soccer, the sport with the next highest rate. Concussion rates increased across all 12 sports studied.  Although the degree of change varied, ranging from an average annual increase of 8% for football to 27% for wrestling, Girls had a higher rate of concussion that that of boys in those sports (soccer, basketball, baseball/softball) where the boys' and girls' games are essentially the same.

Athletic Trainers: Every High School Should Have One

MomsTEAM has been advocating for years that every U.S. high school should have an athletic trainer on staff, given their key role in assessing and treating sports injuries, including concussions, and in making return to play decisions. While only 60-65% of schools have an AT, recent statistics suggest that fully 85-90% of high school athletes are now working with ATs on a daily basis.

Athletic Trainer Plays Critical and Unique Role In Concussion Safety

The AT is an invaluable member of the sports medicine team, particularly when an athlete suffers a concussion, because they have specialized training, and see athletes on a daily basis.  Because they are trusted by athletes, they can encourage the honest self-reporting that is key to avoiding delayed recovery or catastrophic injury.

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