My mother-in-law wouldn’t allow her sons to play football because she had a friend in high school who became paralyzed while playing the full-contact sport.
So, they all played soccer instead.
Um, is that not a full-contact sport, too?
Have you been to a soccer game lately? Ouch. Boom. Slam. Smack.
Heads collide, cleats kick shins and calves, heads butt the soccer ball.
A study just out August 30 from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that the number of emergency room visits for school-aged children in recent years has exploded.
The findings indicate the intensity of youth sports has increased, but also awareness about concussions has, too.
The study examined organized sports involving youth ages eight to 19.
Hospital visits for 14- to 19-year-olds increased more than three times, from 7,000 in 1997 to nearly 22,000 in 2007.
Also disturbing, in children ages eight to 13 visits doubled, from 3,800 to nearly 8,000.
And doctors think concussions are way under reported.
Here’s the big problem: if kids or teens have a concussion and “tough it out” like we socialize them to do, any damage to their brain could be permanent.
This means possible permanent learning problems, memory problems and headaches – not fun.
Young people with a concussion need to take it easy until a doctor clears them – and that means no “jostling” of the brain, andno video games or other activities that would put stress on the brain.
Also, don’t put all your trust in medical scans – they don’t reveal all damage – only bleeding or bruising.
And people with concussions don’t generally lose consciousness.
So what are the symptoms you need to look for?
Headache, nausea, dizziness, trouble concentrating.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Do you feel youth sports have gotten more intense? Out-of-hand?
Do you know someone who got a concussion?
How do you keep your loved ones safe?
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This post was written by qni_it on August 31, 2010