Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Concussions in School Sports

Earlier this week, a study that was published by the American Academy of Pediatrics stating that "The number of sport-related concussions is highest in high-school aged athletes, but the number in younger athletes is significant and on the rise." Why is this? Many believe that this is from better recognition of the symptoms and the need to be medically evaluated.

I did a couple of interviews with local TV news to talk about the subject (Video 1 and Video 2). In my research on this subject, I found an article from the Dayton Daily News stating that the Ohio High School Athletic Association passed a policy in May 2010:
Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest and shall not return to play until cleared with written authorization by an appropriate health care professional.
In addition, on the OHSAA website, there is an entire section devoted to concussions and head injuries. I have also read that other states have taken similar steps - especially with high school and younger athletes. If you find the videos in this post helpful, I encourage you to see my other interviews on health related topics at MikeSevilla.TV

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