Posted December 5, 2013 by James Rhodes in Education-Careers

Risk of concussion increases with school sports and activities

During the college year, a lot more students ride bikes and participate in sports such as football, hockey and soccer. Events such as a bike accident, quick fall or collision with an additional student in the course of athletic practice resulting in a concussion could cause significant consequences each in the course of the school year and later on in life.

Usually a particular person who has a concussion is not conscious of having one particular concussions can take place even if the person doesn&rsquot lose consciousness. If the person is on a sports team and returns to play also quickly after suffering a concussion, the injury can lead to ongoing well being problems.

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the world&rsquos trusted authority on sports concussion, is encouraging athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and college employees to spend interest to the signs of concussion as students participate in college activities and sports.&nbspThe AAN recently updated its guidelines and toolkit on evaluating and managing concussion at www.aan.com/concussion, and also created a cost-free downloadable Concussion Rapid Verify mobile app as a helpful tool for parents, coaches/trainers and players.

&ldquoOne of our goals is to raise awareness about sports concussion in college-age kids. Parents, coaches and trainers need to have to take any head injury seriously,&rdquo says Dr. Christopher Giza, co-author of the AAN suggestions and member of the AAN. &ldquoStudents frequently will claim to be fine following a head injury so they can return to the game much more speedily or stay away from embarrassment. Becoming evaluated by a licensed well being care skilled educated in diagnosing and managing concussions prior to returning to play is of the utmost value to help avoid youths from suffering added wellness troubles.&rdquo

Anybody operating with youngsters (as well as adult athletes) can use the cost-free Concussion Rapid Check mobile app to assist establish:

* When a far more thorough healthcare evaluation is required

* Widespread signs and symptoms of a concussion, which include:

- Headache and sensitivity to light or sound
– Alterations to balance, coordination and reaction time
– Changes in memory, judgment, speech and sleep
– Loss of consciousness or a &ldquoblackout&rdquo (this occurs in much less than 10 % of circumstances)

* Issues the student or athlete may possibly inform you that are red flags

* What actions to take if the student receives a head injury &ndash either throughout a game or even though on the school grounds

* When an athlete ought to return to play

The mobile app also gives aid in discovering a nearby neurologist utilizing the smartphone&rsquos GPS capability, as effectively as information about state laws concerning concussions.

Young children ought to be encouraged to put on helmets anytime riding bikes or scooters, or using skateboards.

Anyone connected with a school setting need to be aware of the dangers of concussion, simply because a head injury can occur anyplace, not just on the sporting field or in health club class.

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James Rhodes