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Athletic Trainers: Every High School Should Have One

MomsTEAM has been advocating for years that every U.S. high school should have an athletic trainer on staff, given their key role in assessing and treating sports injuries, including concussions, and in making return to play decisions. While only 60-65% of schools have an AT, recent statistics suggest that fully 85-90% of high school athletes are now working with ATs on a daily basis.

Coaches: Improve Concussion Safety By Creating Safe Environment For Athlete Self-Reporting

Because coaches have the strongest influence on a student-athlete's decision to report a concussion, more concussion education of coaches, including the need to report concussions, however, minor, and the creation of a safe reporting environment are critical, experts say, to combating chronic underreporting of concussion.

Concussion Education and Safety Meetings Should Be Mandatory

Because one of the keys to keeping athletes safe when it comes to concussion is education, a concussion education and safety meeting should be held for parents and athletes should be held before every season. Ideally, the meeting should include presentations by medical doctors, former athletes, and parents of concussed current or former athletes.

When CT or MRI Recommended After Concussion

Concussions don't usually show up on most magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams or CAT scans. As a result, conventional CT or MRI scans of the brain are usually not needed where post-concussion symptoms are mild and clear within a week to ten days. A CT or MRI is, however, recommended in some circumstances.

Protective Headgear in Soccer May Reduce Concussion Risk

Jeff Skeen of Full90 Sports talks about and the role of protective headgear in reducing the risk of concussion and the difference between concussions, which occur as a result of contact between a player's head and a hard object (another player's head, the ground or the goalpost), and the kinds of brain injuries which can occur as a result of repeated heading of a soccer ball.

Multiple Concussions: Important Factor In Management

A multiple concussion history, especially where concussions occur with progressively less impact force, are considered modifying factors in the investigation and management of concussion under the current international consensus statement on concussions.

Concussions in Soccer: Does Protective Headgear Reduce Risk?

Jeff Skeen of Full90 Sports explains how daughter's concussion led to start of soccer headgear company.

Concussions in Soccer: More Common Than Parents Realize?

Jeff Skeen of Full90 says concussions in soccer are lot more common than parents realize.

Vast Majority of Concussions Do Not Involve Loss of Consciousness

Study shows LOC of greater than one minute duration may be associated with delayed return to play.  As a result, prolonged LOC is considered a factor that may influence management of such concussions.

Sport Concussion Evaluation and Management Still Matter Of Clinical Judgment

Team, physicians, athletic trainers, and other medical personnel responsible for the medical care of athletes face no more challenging problem than the recognition and management of concussion. Precisely how long a concussion disrupts the metabolic function of the brain is not presently fully understood, and there are no current neuroanatomic or physiologic measurements that can be used to precisely determine the extent of injury in concussion, the severity of metabolic dysfunction or precisely when it has cleared.

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