Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents, 2nd Edition

Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents, 2nd Edition


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A comprehensive summary of sport-related concussion for parents, coaches, and athletes that considers the physics and biology behind the injury, identifies what can be done to reduce the risk of its occurrence, and describes how to properly respond to a suspected concussion.

• Provides a detailed but easy-to-understand, jargon-free explanation of types of trauma and the forces that result in a concussion as well as what happens to brain cells when the brain suffers a concussion

• Presents the facts about sport-related concussion and the potential for cumulative effects of sport-related concussions, including a discussion about chronic traumatic encephalopathy

• Informs athletes, parents, and coaches about ways in which to prepare for a possible concussion, how to respond to a potential concussion, and steps to take to decrease the risk of a concussion injury

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440858024
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William Paul Meehan III, MD, is director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lyle J. Micheli, MD ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

1 What Is a Concussion? 1

2 Sport-Related Concussion: How Common It Is 19

3 Risk Factors for Concussion: What Factors Are Associated with an Increased Risk of Sustaining a Concussion or Suffering a Long Recovery? 31

4 Sports Equipment: Helmets, Mouth Guards, and Concussion Prevention 37

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

6 "Neuropsychological" or "Neurocognitive" Testing: What It Is and Which Athletes Should Have It 59

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

8 Potential Therapies: What Can Be Done to Help an Athlete Recover 87

9 Assessing Recovery from Concussion: When Is It Safe for an Athlete to Return to Sports? 103

10 The Ethical Considerations of Sports Participation: Should Children Be Allowed to Play a Sport That Carries a High-Risk of Concussion? 117

11 Prevention; Ways to Prevent an Athlete from Sustaining a Concussion 129

12 The Cumulative Effects of Concussion: How Many Is Too Many? 137

13 Preventing Long-Term Problems: Considering Whether the Cumulative Effects of Concussion Can Be Prevented 147

14 The Female Athlete: Are Girls and Boys Different When It Comes to Concussion? 153

15 Setting Up a Concussion Program 157

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

17 In Their Own Words: Athletes from the Sports Concussion Clinic of Boston Children's Hospital 177

18 Definitions and Team Members: Understanding Who Will Help Care for the Athlete with a Sport-Related Concussion 187

Appendix 197

Series Afterword Julie K. Silver, MD 211

Index 213

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