Making sure that children are active often means getting them interested in sports. But parents have to weigh the health risks of those sports, including hits that can cause concussions.
Concussions are brain injuries. Most people, including kids, recover from a concussion. But concussions, particularly repeated ones, can lead to serious, lasting health problems.
Importance: Despite recent increased awareness about sports concussions, little research has evaluated concussions among middle-school athletes.
Objectives: To evaluate the frequency and duration of concussions in female youth soccer players and to determine if concussions result in stopping play and seeking medical care.
Low back injuries can keep young athletes laid up for months, according to Dr. Neeru Jayanthi, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Ill.
Jayanthi studied more than 1,200 young athletes, and found that lower back injuries were the third most common injury in athletes younger than 18, after knees and ankles. He presented the data last year at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference.
Concussions are an unfortunate reality in many sports, from football to soccer and boxing. And as studies continue to link concussions to a range of health problems, from depression to Alzheimer’s and other brain changes, sports and health officials have focused their attention on whether protective equipment like helmets can lower the risk of brain injuries.
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to describe shoulder injuries in a nationally representative sample of high school athletes playing 9 sports. A national estimate of shoulder injuries among high school athletes was subsequently calculated.
Concussion and Concurrent Cognitive and Sport-specific Task Performance in Youth Ice Hockey Players: A Single-case Pilot Study | Journal of Neurology & Neurophysiology
The purpose of this single case pilot study was to explore the effect of experiencing a concussion within the previous ice hockey season on the cognitive performance of youth ice hockey players while completing concurrent ice hockey specific tasks.
Concussions From Youth Football: Results From NEISS Hospitals Over an 11-Year Time Frame, 2002-2012 | Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Background: Youth football programs across the United States represent an at-risk population of approximately 3.5 million athletes for sports-related concussions. The frequency of concussions in this population is not known.
Study Design: Descriptive epidemiology study.
After a concussion, kids often wonder when it is OK to play sports again. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions parents to help children ease back into learning, too.
After a brain injury from a blow to the head, youngsters can have symptoms such as headaches, blackouts, blurred vision, confusion, dizziness, stomachaches, sensitivity to light and noise, and mood changes.
Concussion Education for High School Football Players: A Pilot Study | Communication Disorders Quarterly
This survey study compared high school football players’ knowledge and attitudes about concussion before and after receiving concussion education. There were no significant changes in the Concussion Attitude Index. Results revealed a statistically significant difference in the athletes’ scores for the Concussion Knowledge Index, t(244) = 8.49, p = .000, and Cohen’s d = 1.05. Concussion education can help football players learn signs, symptoms, and negative effects of mild brain injuries.
Having a serious concussion in adolescence could be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's decades later – though not everyone with head trauma will lose their memory, a new study suggests.
A team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn., conducted brain scans on 448 older Minnesotans who had no signs of memory problems and 141 who did. Roughly 17% in both groups had had a brain injury earlier in life involving some loss of consciousness or memory.