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Impact Indicator: New Tool in Concussion Toolbox

If you are anything like me, worrying about your kids' safety is woven deeply into the fabric of your DNA.  As the mom of  a football player, I know football moms are no exception. No matter how strong we may appear to be on the outside, worry is our constant companion, especially when it comes to injuries, like concussions.

So what's a mom to do? Live with it in anguish? Or do something about it?

More and more moms are choosing, like I have been for more than a decade, to be pro-active about their kids' safety in sports, and, in doing so are turning to an unlikely source - technology - to ease their fears.

More and more moms are choosing, like I have been for more than a decade, to be pro-active about their kids' safety in sports, and, in doing so are turning to an unlikely source - technology - to ease their fears.  One of the new products on the market, to which MomsTeam is proud to give its Seal of Approval. is the Impact Indicator from Battle Sports Science.

Mouth Guards and Concussions: The Continuing Controversy

If you have been following the subject of concussions in sports for any length of time, as I have for more than a decade, the question always seems to come up: do mouth guards prevent concussions?

The answer, at least to this point, seems to continue to be no, or, perhaps more precisely, we don't know.  Jigsaw of head with missing piece

If you have been following the subject of concussions in sports for any length of time, as I have for more than a decade, the question always seems to come up: do mouth guards prevent concussions? The answer, at least to this point, seems to continue to be no, or, perhaps more precisely, we don't know. 

See Bill Meehan as Part of ReadBoston Celebrity Authors Series

For those MomsTeam readers in the Boston area, here's a chance to hear more about concussions in sports from one of the most knowledgeable experts in the area. 

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19th, MomsTeam concussion expert, William P. Meehan, III, will be talking about his new book, Kids, Sports, and Concussion, as part of the ReadBoston celebrity author series.

Kids, Sports, and Concussions book cover

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19th, MomsTeam concussion expert, William P. Meehan, III, will be talking about his new book, Kids, Sports, and Concussion, as part of the ReadBoston celebrity author series.

When Bob Cantu Says No Collision Sports Before Age 14, Parents Need to Listen

The blockbuster announcement came across my desk two days ago, but it took me a while to process its full significance.  In fact, it may take me a while longer to fully appreciate all of its implications for youth sports.

Dr. Bob Cantu, MomsTeam's first concussion expert from 2000-2008, and someone I have known and respected for more than a decade, is recommending that kids under the age of 14 not participate in collision sports as currently played.  Youth football players stretching

The blockbuster announcement came across my desk two days ago, but it took me a while to process its full significance.  In fact, it may take me a while longer to fully appreciate all of its implications for youth sports. Dr. Bob Cantu, MomsTeam's first concussion expert, and someone I have known and respected for more than a decade, is recommending that kids under the age of 14 not participate in collision sports as currently played. 

Quitting Contact or Collision Sport After Concussion: Tough On Family, Not Just Athlete

Retiring from contact or collision sports due to concussion history can be emotionally difficult for both athlete and parent.  Athletes who  play other sports, have clear academic goals, high self-esteem, and supportive and responsible parents fare best.

Concussions in School: Prevention and Preparation Are Key

The potential for a concussion at school is greatest during activities where collisions can occur, such as during physical education (PE) class, playground time, or school-based sports. Proper recognition and response to concussion symptoms in the school environment can prevent further injury and can help with recovery.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Delaware

On August 30, 2011, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill No. 111 into law, adding the state to the list of twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia that have enacted statutes to protect student-athletes from the dangers of concussion. 

New Study Confirms Value of King-Devick Test in Sideline Assessment of Concussion

The King-Devick Test (K-D) provides an accurate and reliable method for sideline assessment of concussion, a new study says, prompting a call by Ralph Nader to mandate its use in youth and high school sports.
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