Follow concussion guidelines, but keep children active

By Seattle Times editorial board

NEW research on how young athletes should be treated for concussions on and off the field is welcome news for both parents and coaches.

But a Seattle doctor who was on the international research panel that created the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports hopes parents won’t use this information as a reason why their children shouldn’t be playing sports.

Concussion Management: How Long Should My Child Sit Out?

By: DailyHealthWire

When it comes to concussion management, Richard Okragly MD, Director of the Bethesda Family Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, stresses if there's one thing to do post-concussion, it's this: Stay on the sidelines until you're asymptomatic.

The Issue: Identifying Concussions is Tricky

Per Ohio's Concussion Law, public and private schools and youth sports organizations are required to educate coaches, parents, and students on the signs and symptoms of concussions. "It's challenging diagnosing a child or patient with a concussion, based on the vagueness of the symptoms. We are probably erring on the side of caution, as we should, especially with our younger, grade-school athletes," Dr. Okragly explains.

Concussion Concerns Influence Whether Parents Allow Children to Play Sports

By: American Osteopathic Association

A Harris Poll survey conducted online in March 2017 on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association asked over 1,000 U.S. parents whether they allow or plan to allow their children to play sports given the risk of concussion—51 percent said yes, while 33 percent said it depends on the sport.

The remaining 16 percent of parents ruled out sports for their kids because of concussion risks.

Many kids still don’t report concussion symptoms. How can we change that?

By: J. Douglas Coatsworth, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies - Colorado State University

As Superbowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots approaches, football fans reflect on a season of intense competition, hard-fought battles and the tenacity of elite professional athletes. Among the over 100 million fans watching the game, this Sunday will be approximately three million youth athletes who play the game themselves.

Entangled in the enthusiasm and attention to professional football is the conversation of concussive injury and how playing professional football is related to brain injuries, neurocognitive problems and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

Kids are more susceptible to brain injury, and concussion has implications beyond what we thought

By: Pankaj Sah, Director - Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland. Co-authored by Donna Lu, science writer at the Queensland Brain Institute.

Head knocks in childhood are by no means uncommon, yet they may have lasting negative effects. New research has found a link between concussion in childhood and adverse medical and social outcomes as an adult.

Researchers from the United Kingdom, United States and Sweden looked at data from the entire Swedish population born between 1973 and 1982 – some 1.1 million people – to analyse the effect of experiencing a traumatic brain injury in the first 25 years of life.