Preventing concussion injury in sports is nearly impossible. Sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24 years.
This is a massive issue of great concern to all parents. Problems facing all people involved in any sports stem from a lack of understanding combined with limited recognition, diagnosis and mismanagement of concussion and/or mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) when they occur.
By definition the injury of concussion: abnormal function of the brain after a traumatic event to the body/head (see all signs and symptoms), is not the “problem” we are facing.
Universally, we need to recognize it has occurred and understand the steps to take for recovery. The athlete must have permission from his team, management and the industry to take time off to heal.
Sidney Crosby at only 24 years of age has been a terrific role model. He showed the potential to be the ‘Best’ the game of hockey has ever seen, even better than Wayne Gretzky, until he suffered two major head blows on ice within two weeks that have had him sidelined with headaches and visual disturbances for over a year.
His lightning like reflexes have almost recovered but will he ever be fully okay? The jury is still out.
Pittsburgh Penguins management have stood by their Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby as have his team, fans, friends and family and everyone prays that his recovery will be complete. We all hold our breath when ‘The Kid’ is on the ice. None of the players want to see Sid hit, or hurt or cross-checked ever again.
Is there a safe, effective and universal injury management technique for healing concussions?
An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States. There are special helmets in development with space age technology and shock-absorbing padding which means this “problem” injury could cease to exist.
Head shots have been banned officially from the NHL with the exception of fighting with financial penalties are as high as $455,000 for an illegal check. Brendan Shanahan is the official in charge of player safety.
Parents do need more education about concussions according to new research;Only half of US Adults sought medical attention for a possible concussion and surveys show that many don’t understand the seriousness of potential concussion. Three-quarters of respondents incorrectly identified the symptoms of concussion.
Players need to be educated. The macho image for athletes needs to be addressed as many sport stars play with a concussion.
Athletes at all levels, even kids, fear losing their spot on the roster, being picked on and centered out. The stigma of reporting concussions needs to be removed. Pressure on players to perform while having concussion symptoms must be addressed.
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