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Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion
     

Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion

by Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Bill Pascrell Jr. (Other)
 

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Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already had at least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple

Overview

Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already had at least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple "bell-ringer," and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to "walk off" a potentially devastating injury. Ahead of the Game is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink. Rosemarie Scolaro explains how:

* 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Moser, a neuropsychologist and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey, as well as the official neuropsychologist for a number of professional teams, focuses on new research showing how chronic traumatic encephalopathy—CTE, sometimes known as “gridiron dementia”—is showing up “in athletes of increasingly younger ages.” She is not against sports, but she does want to increase awareness of what she calls “brain hygiene,” and 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. She also sympathetically addresses the “growing cultural rift” between those who want to keep kids and adults safe and those who want to maintain the integrity of contact sports. “It’s up to parents to make sure that their children understand the risks of brain injury and know the signs and symptoms,” she argues. (Aug.)
Library Journal
★ 10/01/2013
Discusses how to identify a concussion, baseline tests and their limitations, treatment, and the impact of multiple concussions. (LJ Xpress Reviews, 1/25/13)
From the Publisher

“Moser offers helpful, concrete, and eye-opening information about identifying a concussion, asking for preseason baseline testing, and deciding when to return to play (“when in doubt, sit it out”).”—Booklist

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611682243
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
952,463
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

G. Luke Hensel
“This is not just another book on a trendy medical topic. Dr. Rosemarie Moser is a passionate clinician whose extensive experience with sports-related concussions caused me to dramatically change my own methods for evaluation and treatment. Having the opportunity to work and engage in public forums side by side with her has given me a firsthand view of how much the public needs to be made aware of this topic. It is only fitting that she be the one to pen this text.”
Harry Carson
“Once the occurrence of concussions in sports was not considered serious. Within recent years the issue of youth sports-related concussions has become a hot-button topic as there has been very strong evidence in the medical community that concussions left undiagnosed and untreated could have a far-reaching impact on families. In Ahead of the Game, Dr. Moser successfully takes on the mission to educate and share her experience and knowledge as a neuropsychologist, researcher, and sports mom to help other parents understand the critical importance of keeping kids’ brains safe.”
Ron Jaworski
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Moser as our team’s concussion doctor. She truly understands our players and how to protect their brains. I commend her for creating this guidebook that will help protect the brains of our young athletes.”
Brooke de Lench
“This thoroughly readable book brilliantly provides parents, coaches, and others with the most important lessons and information needed to protect young minds.”

Meet the Author

ROSEMARIE SCOLARO MOSER, PhD. is a neuropsychologist, hockey mom, and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey. She is the official neuropsychologist for Philadelphia Soul Arena Football, Trenton Steel Arena Football, and Trenton Titans Professional Hockey.

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