To All Parents
Parents are the luckiest people in the world…our ability to create life, guard it and watch it grow to adulthood is the most rewarding task in the world. I know at times, it doesn’t seem so, but it is truly a blessing.
But as parents, we have minimal awareness of concussive and subconcussive trauma and we trust our network of coaches, trainers, and medical staff to treat our children when they are concussed. But, as we found out, this network is usually trained, and very good at, identifying concussions when they happen, but are not aware of the need to follow up on athletes after they have been cleared, to ensure that athletes understand the importance of reporting concussive events, communicate with coaches from other sports or other same sports teams, or even to follow up 30 days or more to check on post-concussive syndrome and more.
It is important that you are as informed as possible about the seriousness of concussions and subconcussive activity with your child and the effects that they can have on them.
Here we will try to provide you updated links to the most relevant information on concussions, subconcussive trauma, and CTE that we can find and provide a forum for you to discuss your thoughts, ideas, or concerns. Please feel free to reach out to us with any new information that you may find in your own personal journey, we are not the experts by far, we just want to help as much as we can.
10 Things Parents Should Know About Children and Concussions
Concussions can derail the plans of any budding sports star. So a roadmap for athletic success should include a concussion plan. “The brain is a complicated structure. It needs TLC like everything else,” explains concussion expert Richard Figler, MD. “Parents and athletes need to be aware of the signs of concussion in children. Then, you can protect your child.” Whether your child is the next Serena Williams, Tom Brady or Tiger Woods, Dr. Figler explains what you need to know about concussions in kids.
Suspect a Concussion? How to Help (Not Hurt) Your Recovery
Between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions are believed to occur across the United States each year. Thankfully, an increased awareness has prompted an increase in the diagnosis of concussive injuries. But what exactly is a concussion?
How concussions affect kids and teens
Concussions among professional athletes have been covered widely in the media. But Christina Master, M.D., co-director of the concussion program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, thinks more attention should be paid to brain injuries in children and teens.
A Fact Sheet for Parents
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion