With fall sports season right around the corner, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued recommendations to aid in the recognition and treatment of sports-related concussions, injuries that are common but often go underreported.
Did you know that football has the highest incidence of concussion, and that girls have higher concussion rates than boys do in similar sports? If not, you’re probably not alone.
With fall sports season right around the corner, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued recommendations to aid in the recognition and treatment of sports-related concussions. Although these injuries are common, they are underreported by pediatric and adolescent athletes, according to the report—“Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents”—which is published in the September issue of Pediatrics.
Among the many findings from Mark E. Halstead, MD, and Kevin D. Walter, MD, of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness is the fact that “young athletes are more susceptible to the effects of a concussion because their brains are still developing, and appropriate management is essential for reducing the risk of long-term complications.”
Although preventing all concussions is unlikely, there are several ways to reduce the risk, said the report, including wearing protective gear such as helmets and mouth guards; adhering to the rules of the sport; identifying athletes at risk; and educating parents, teachers, athletes, school administrators and trainers about the dangers of concussions.
“A clear understanding of the definition, signs, and symptoms of concussion is necessary to recognize it and rule out more severe intracranial injury,” according to Halstead and Walter.
Specific recommendations from the report are as follows:
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