Dr. Robert Cantu says that while there is debate about the importance
of grading concussions, he sees value, especially where an athlete has
suffered multiple concussions and where the grading is done after the
signs and symptoms have cleared.
A concussion Is defined as trauma (e.g. usually but
not always a blow to the head, face or neck) which causes the brain to collide with the
skull. A "concussion" is
derived from the Latin concutere, meaning to shake violently. It is
also often referred to as an MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury).
Dr. Robert Cantu says it is extremely important that parents and athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
Not only do athletes need to self-report symptoms, says Dr. Cantu, but
they should let the coaching and medical staff know if a teammate is experiencing symptoms. It just might save his life.
Regular post-concussion monitoring is essential in the first 24 to 48 hours after injury to check for signs of deteriorating mental status that may indicate a more serious injury, says Dr. Robert Cantu.
No matter how talented
your child may be, there are going to days when he doesn't play his
best, or when, despite his best effort, his team loses. How you manage
both the ups, and the inevitable downs, will play a large role in
whether your child has a successful youth sports experience. Here are ten things to keep in mind after your child's team loses or he doesn't perform up to his expectations.
Kids, especially under twelve, are always seeking their parents'
approval. Negative labels and generalizations and criticism can have a
devastating emotional impact. If you critique your child's performance,
she will interpret your anger, disapproval, and disappointment as
meaning that you don't love her anymore-that your love is conditional.
If the world were a perfect place, talking to a youth hockey coach
would be as natural and stress free for a hockey mom as talking to her child's teacher.
Unfortunately, there is not much that worries and confuses hockey moms more than talking to their child's coach.