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Concussion Symptoms Still Unclear To Many Parents, Hurting Kids' Chances Of Recovery

Monday, October 13, 2014  
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With football season fully underway, experts are pushing for increased knowledge about the sport’s risk for concussions — from the scrambling pack of pee wee athletes to the seasoned varsity squad. According to recent research, however, few parents have it all covered. Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat approximately175,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to prevent young, headstrong athletes from abandoning their safety, not to mention losing their ability to play, the CDC created a comprehensive toolkit for parents and coaches called the Heads Up program. By at least two measures, the Heads Up program has been working, though not in full.  In one survey of 511 parents of kids ages 5 to 18, the good news was that 98 percent of parents knew a concussion would severely limit the range of activities the child could participate in. However, only 29 percent had a firm understanding of the Return-to-Play guidelines. And while half of the parents were able to identify a concussion, “the correlation between physician and parent perception of diagnosis of concussion was poor,” the researchers explained.  Click here to read more.....

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