Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion [NOOK Book]

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

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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. A pioneer in youth concussion research since the 1990s, this leading brain-behavior expert, neuropsychologist, and sports mom, Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, has worked with thousands of youth athletes, as well as professional sports teams. Dr. Moser explains:

• 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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“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

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611682748
  • Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,153,134
  • File size: 556 KB

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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Table of Contents

Foreword – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Test Your Concussion Knowledge
Ready, Set, Learn! Understanding the Young Brain
Is It Really a Concussion?
The Best Offense Is a Good Defense: Preseason Baseline Testing
Identifying and Treating Youth Concussion: An Eight-Step Plan to Get Back in the Game
When in Doubt, Sit Them Out: Making Responsible Return-to-Play Decisions
Drafting a Concussion Health Care Team
Changing the Game: Public Education, Advocacy, and the Brain Hygiene Model
Appendixes: Resources
Test Your Concussion Knowledge: Answers
Sports Concussion Card
State-by-State Guide to New and Pending Concussion Legislation
References
Index
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