Experts have Agreed On The Best Ways to Prevent Concussion
A concussion is a brain injury; the only known cure for brain injury is prevention. While helmets can protect against skull fractures and more serious brain injuries, they cannot prevent a concussion; therefore, it is vitally important to be well-informed about how to prevent a concussion. Many products such as headbands, mouth guards, and helmets have claimed to prevent concussions. As of right now, none of those claims have been substantiated.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
There are a wide variety of signs and symptoms associated with concussions. No two concussions are the same and individuals may have some of the symptoms but not all of them. Symptoms may not show up immediately; they may be noticed a few hours or days later. Exertion exacerbates symptoms. Remember: if a concussion is suspected, the athlete should be immediately removed from play!
Baseline Assessments/Cognitive Testing
Pre-season cognitive baseline testing is relatively new to youth sports. It is typically a short computerized test administered prior to the beginning of the season that measures selected brain processes and scores the test for each individual athlete; this establishes the athlete's baseline. If it is suspected that the athlete may have sustained a concussion during the season, s/he can take a re-test. The computer software will compare the baseline score to the re-test score and alert the clinician that there has been a reliable change in the score. Computerized cognitive testing can also...