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* Helmets and mouth guards, even when properly fitted, cannot prevent concussion
* Concussions may negatively affect a child's GPA, school performance, and emotional behavior
* Girls are more vulnerable to concussion than boys
* State concussion laws may not be enough to keep kids safe
Ahead of the Game clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ--the brain--before an injury occurs.
“This short but powerful look at sports-related concussions in children and teens should be required reading for all parents whose children want to participate in contact sports like football and hockey. . . . her book is aimed at helping parents “understand, prevent, identify, and seek treatment” for concussion in their kids. She is excellent at dispelling concussion myths, explaining how you do not have to hit your head to sustain a concussion, that children might not exhibit concussion symptoms until days after a hard hit or tackle, and how you can’t determine how serious a concussion is until after an athlete has recovered.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is a cause championed by all of us who work in neuropsychology, and particularly those of us in the front lines of concussion diagnosis and treatment. Her clear statements that the mom and neuropsychologist in her hopes ‘brain hygiene will become part of standard preventive care’ are echoed by those of us in the field with the same roles and passions. This work will be an excellent addition to the must-read reference list for parents.”—Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology