Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Quick “Heads Up” for Concussion Prevention

Escalating concussion rates among high school sports is not a new story. As this article from Mom’s Team notes, concussions account for 10% of all high school sports injuries, and concussion rates have doubled in the past decade. It’s probably no surprise that football is the biggest source of brain injuries. There are about 67,000 diagnosed concussions in the game every year, according to a 2009 report from the Journal of Athletic Training called “Head Impacts during high school football: a biomechanical assessment.” And those numbers are still significantly under-reported, as young players protest they’re ready to play again immediately and coaches might not recognize the warning signs of concussions. That’s why we wanted to spotlight the Center for Disease Control’s concussion prevention program, called Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports.  Free of charge, this online course teaches coaches, parents, and others how to keep young athletes safe from concussion. The quick, 30 minute module features interviews with experts and interactive exercises. According to the CDC, the course helps participants:

  • Understand a concussion and the potential consequences of this injury,
  • Recognize concussion signs and symptoms and how to respond,
  • Learn about steps for returning to activity (play and school) after a concussion, and
  • Focus on prevention and preparedness to help keep athletes safe season-to-season.

To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html. What concussion-related education and injury prevention programs are making a difference in your community? Let us know so they can be spotlighted in future posts!


Why Playing Surfaces Matter in Preventing Concussions

From ensuring their seat belts are always buckled to scheduling annual flu shots, many parents would do anything to keep their kids safe. The same is certainly true for youth sports. In light of the escalating concussion crisis, parents and coaches would balk at the idea of a student entering the football field without protection from helmets and padding. Yet after the season ends, the same kids may play soccer, lacrosse or baseball with minimal protective gear at all.

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Safety Contest
Holy Innocents’ Episcopalian School in Atlanta, Georgia Won $5,000 Worth of Sports Equipment in the Brock Safety MVP National Contest!
When the game clock hits zero and the final buzzer sounds, all that’s left are the stats. But win or lose, each team names one most valuable player for the game. What if safety was named the MVP in every game? What if safety was as important to each player as winning?

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