A 2010 national survey by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the University of Michigan of parents of chidren age 12 to 17 years playing school sports reported a surprising lack of knowledge by parents of concussion risks despite the fact that more than six in ten were at least somewhat worried their children will suffer a concussion while playing school sports.
A Canadian study finding that the risk of concussion in youth ice hockey leagues that allow body-checking is triple that in leagues that do not, is likely to fuel calls to extend the ban on body-checking to 11- and 12-year-olds playing at the Pee Wee level
The ACTive® sports concussion training and certification program is designed for volunteer youth sports coaches. Coaches taking the program
have been shown to have much greater knowledge of concussion symptoms and increased
confidence to make decisions about concussion management.
Concussion experts agree that the taking of a detailed concussion
history is important for the treatment of concussion after injury and to identify at-risk athletes during a pre-participation physical evaluation or examination (PPE).
It is important for parents and athletes to be on the same page as the coaches and medical staff on the subject of concussions in sports. The best way is for the coach to hold a concussion education and safety meeting for parents and athletes before every season.
The SCAT3 is a standardized method of evaluating injured athletes for concussion ages 13 years and older. Although designed for use by medical and health professionals, it includes advice for athletes and parents about signs to watch for in the first 24 to 48 hours after suspected concussion and a list of other important points, including the need for rest and avoiding strenuous activity, and not training or playing sport until medically cleared.