Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents

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Written by an expert physician, Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents offers a thorough understanding of concussive brain injury, its symptoms, its potential long-term effects, and the current prevention options. Equally important, it provides insights into how this injury is treated and what parents and athletes can do to facilitate recovery.

In addition to explaining in simple, clear, and complete terms what a concussion is and how it can alter the ...

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Overview

Written by an expert physician, Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents offers a thorough understanding of concussive brain injury, its symptoms, its potential long-term effects, and the current prevention options. Equally important, it provides insights into how this injury is treated and what parents and athletes can do to facilitate recovery.

In addition to explaining in simple, clear, and complete terms what a concussion is and how it can alter the brain function of children and youths, this guide discusses new technologies and equipment that may help prevent concussion. It looks at the incidence of concussion in football, hockey, cheerleading, skiing and snowboarding, soccer, basketball, and equestrian sports, and it explores related issues, such as the movement to have soccer and rugby players wear helmets. A final chapter focuses on emerging research designed to facilitate better treatments and on safety measures, including testing for a genetic predisposition to concussion.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword Julie K. Silver ix

Foreword Lyle J. Micheli xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xvii

1 Definitions and Team Members: Who Will Help Care for the Athlete with a Sport-Related Concussion? 1

2 What Is a Concussion? 11

3 Sport-Related Concussion: How Common Is It? 29

4 Sports Equipment: Can Helmets or Mouth Guards Prevent Concussion? 39

5 New Medical Information: Why Is Concussion Taken So Seriously Nowadays? 47

6 "Neuropsychological" or "Neurocognitive" Testing: What Is It and Should My Athlete Have It? 59

7 The Acute Assessment and Management of Sport-Related Concussion: What Do I Do When an Athlete Sustains a Concussion? 67

8 Potential Therapies: What Can Be Done to Help My Athlete Recover? 89

9 Assessing Recovery from Concussion: When Is It Safe for My Athlete to Return to Sports? 101

10 Prevention: Is There a Way to Prevent My Athlete from Sustaining a Concussion? 115

11 The Cumulative Effects of Concussion: How Many Is Too Many? 123

12 The Female Athlete: Are Girls and Boys Different When It Comes to Concussion? 131

13 Setting Up a Concussion Program 135

14 The Future: What Medical Research May Lead to in the Future 165

15 In Their Own Words: Athletes from the Sports Concussion Clinic of Children's Hospital Boston 173

Appendix: Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT 2) 183

Index 189

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    The Gold Standard for Books on Sport-Related Concussion

    I have been writing and speaking about concussions in youth sports for the past decade, so I was excited when a copy of Kids, Sports, and Concussion, arrived at the office. I was so impressed by the book that I immediately e-mailed Dr. Meehan, drove into Boston to meet him , and invited him to join MomsTeam's Team of Experts!

    Kids, Sports and Concussion sets the gold standard for books on sports-related concussions. It covers everything a sports parent and coach needs to know about concussions - and more.

    Each chapter begins with a story about a famous athlete who suffered a concussion, which Dr. Meehan uses as to introduce the topic addressed in that chapter. For instance, the chapter titled "What is a Concussion" begins with a recounting of the "rumble in the jungle," in which Muhammad Ali, after tiring out defending heavyweight champion, George Foreman with what will forever be known as "rope-a-dope," knocked out Foreman in the 8th round with a flurry of blows. He uses the story to make a point: concussions aren't always the result of a blow to the skull but can be caused by blows to other parts of the body.

    The book is designed to appeal to sports parents and coaches with little or no background in medicine or science, and to those with a scientific or medical bent looking for in-depth information. An early chapter provides a detailed explanation of the physics of concussion, replete with illustrative graphs. Each chapter ends with a list of suggested readings - many of which are the subject of MomsTeam articles.

    The book provides a great deal of practical advice to parents of concussed athletes on the management of concussions, treatment options, and the factors they should consider in deciding when it is safe for their child to return to play after a sport-related concussion or, for those with a multiple concussion history, should even consider retiring from contact or collision sports.

    The book is a perfect balance of the abstract and the concrete. Sprinkled through the book are stories about athletes who have suffered concussions. At the end, a whole chapter is devoted to athletes who have been treated at the Sports Concussion Clinic at Children's Hospital Boston; they talk about their concussion experiences in their own words.

    It is one thing to talk about concussions in the abstract. It is another thing to talk about real athletes suffering real concussions. I know from personal experience in speaking and writing about concussions in youth sports for the past 11 years that stories about my son, who was forced to give up playing high school football after suffering multiple concussions, always resonate powerfully with parents.

    Finally, for sports programs looking to start a comprehensive concussion management program, Dr. Meehan provides an extremely valuable template for establishing a concussion protocol for their teams. The book is worth buying just for that one chapter!

    Kids, Sports, and Concussion is a valuable concussion resource even for the most well-informed sports parent. For those sports parents who know nothing about concussions, it should be required reading.

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