One day after a new study was released on concussions, local experts educate parents, coaches and players on the issues.
Summer is coming to a close and that means football season is quickly approaching and as exciting as that time of year is, it is also the time of year parents start to worry a little more about concussions.
“Concussions are a problem and can potentially be a problem, but if found out appropriately and treated appropriately it should not be a long term issue,” says Director of Trinity Sports Medicine Michael Scarpone.
But for many athletes, concussions have become a long term issue. A recent study revealed that CTE, the disease that is found in the brains of people who have endured heavy blows to the head, was found in 99% of deceased NFL players who donated their brains. But this issue can begin at any age.
“I think we see that in a youth setting as well. You really have to take the steps to prevent this, and unfortunately there are not many great ones besides neck strengthening and nutritional things that can help supplement that,” says Trinity Sports Chiropractor Justin Baker.
There are about 1.6-3.8 million athletic related concussions every year in the united states, many of those effecting student athletes, but there are precautions parents can take.
“Number one, most importantly, know your body or know your child’s body. If they are acting strange or throwing up at home, send them into the emergency room to see if they actually suffered anything more severe than a concussion. It’s always important to take that first step,” says Baker.
Along with these precautions, staying away from certain foods and drinks, including Gatorade and Muscle Milk, which both contain a significant amount of sugar, can be helpful in recovering from a concussion more quickly. But above all, the most important aspect they say is not allowing the athlete return to the game too quickly.
Although concussions are not always preventable, it is imperative for everyone to learn about the ways to safely heal concussions so the athlete can get back on the field in the quickest way possible.