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Concussions: Parents Are Critical Participants in Recognition, Treatment, Recovery

Parents are critical participants in the recognition and treatment of, and recovery from, a concussion, not only in the first 24 to 48 hours but during every step in the process towards an eventual return to the play.

Sports Concussion Myths and Misconceptions

Sports concussion myths are still common, despite increased media focus and education in recent years. Here are the facts.

Gradual Return to Play After Concussions Recommended

Athletes who suffer concussion should follow a six-step, symptom-limited, return to play process towards return to game play and may require a longer rest period and/or extended period of non-contact exercise before return than adults because they have a different physiological response to concussion, take longer to recover, and have other unique risk factors.

More Conservative Approach to Concussions in Children, Teens Recommended

Because the brain of the young athlete is still developing, with even subtle damage leading to learning deficits adversely affecting development, and with studies showing younger athletes recover more slowly than adults, a more conservative approach to concussions in children and teens than for older athletes is recommended.

New Guidelines Recommend Athletic Trainers Take Public Health Approach To Sports Injury Prevention

Athletic trainers need to take a more public health approach to injury prevention by expanding their professional focus from the teams and athletes they work with at their institutions to all physically active individuals, urged speakers at the National Athletic Trainers' Association's 2016 Clinical Symposia and AT Expo.

Return-to-Play Laws: A Game-Changer for Youth Contact Sports

While gaps persist, concussion safety laws enacted in all 50 states have had a positive effect, including a large increase in the number of 12-18 year olds seeking medical treatment for head injuries. But more works needs to be done, says a public health expert.

5 Steps Athletes Should Take To Protect Their Eyes

Sports are a great way to excel physically and mentally. Just make sure you're taking care of your eyes when you play. During Healthy Vision Month, the National Eye Institute (NEI) encourages athletes, and parents of athletes, to make eye health a priority.

ER Visits For Traumatic Brain Injuries From Playground Accidents On Increase, Despite Industry Improvements

The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained at a playground increased significantly between 2005 and 2013, according to a study to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

Concussion Management Starts With A Pediatrician

Most sports-related concussions can be managed by a pediatrician, says Dr. Carla Morton, a pediatric neuropsychologist at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, because they know the child the best. Where is there a need for specialized care, the pediatrician can decide which specialist the child should see.
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