Recognizing Concussion Signs and Symptoms: Advice for Parents

Dr. Robert Cantu says it is extremely important that parents and athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion.  Not only do athletes need to self-report symptoms, says Dr. Cantu, but they should let the coaching and medical staff know if a teammate is experiencing symptoms.  It just might save his life.

"Stepwise" Return to Play Recommended For Athletes with Concussions

If an athlete has been sidelined by a concussion for several weeks or longer, Dr. Robert Cantu recommends that he follow a "stepwise" approach to return to play.

Concussions: Monitor Child in First 24-48 Hours

Regular post-concussion monitoring is essential in the first 24 to 48 hours after injury to check for signs of deteriorating mental status that may indicate a more serious injury, says Dr. Robert Cantu.

Youth and High School Football Pose Risk of Skin Infections

A number of factors contribute to the risk of skin infection for youth and high school football players, including MRSA.

Concussion Education and Safety Meetings: Never Too Late To Hold One

Even though football season is well underway, if your child's program hasn't held a concussion education and safety meeting for parents and athletes, it's not too late.

Youth and High School Football Safety

To reduce the number of serious head, neck and spine injuries in youth and high school football, experts recommend that coaches stress the teaching of proper tackling techniques that avoid helmet-to-helmet contact.

Death of Football Player Highlights Need for Safety Vigilance

While injuries - even of the catastrophic variety - cannot be completely eliminated from football, there are lots of things pro-active parents can do to minimize the risk. 

Blowing Cool, Dry Air Through Football Shoulder Pads Reduces Heat Illness Risk

Blowing cool, dry air flowing under and through football shoulder pads reduces core
body temperature and heart rate dramatically, thereby reducing the likelihood of heat illness,
says a 2008 study.

Football Players At Greater Risk of Heat Illness

While deaths of football players from heat stroke are down (with only one during 2012-2013, compared to 5 in 2011 alone), eat stroke is an ever present concern in the sport because, according to an 2008 study by researchers at University of Florida, there are eight factors that make football players especially vulnerable to heat illness.

Youth Football Safety: Proper Equipment A Key to Preventing Injuries

Each year, more than 448,000 football-related injuries to youths under age 15 are treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms.

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