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Thursday, 09 May 2013 17:18

Survey Finds That Knowing the Dangers of Concussions Not Enough to Keep Many Teens on Sidelines

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A recent study (described below) of High School athletes shows a disturbing trend that we unfortunately believe trickles down to the youth level as well. The mentality of many athletes (and parents) today of "it could never happen to me" or "the future of my hopeful sports career" to many greatly outweighs the facts of the dangerous outcomes they can face if they are wrong.

We have just two of many available examples of people who thought it could never happen to them but did. Their lives have been completely altered, not just in the fact of never being able to play again but one has to face challenges in everyday life (Sasha Pina) and the other, well let just says his family struggles with their loss everyday (Derek Sheely)... We share their story every time we are out in the community in hopes of stopping their story from being repeated by someone else.

Is it really worth it to not say something or to not take the added responsibility for your own safety and well being? I think the many people who have been affected by a concussion (a TRAUMATIC INJURY to YOUR BRAIN) as the result of playing sports will say no and wish they could go back in time to change their way of thinking but they can't... It is best to sit out! It is better to miss one game or the rest of the season than the rest of your life!

MONDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. high school football players say they would keep playing after experiencing a concussion, even though they know it would put them at risk for serious harm, a new study reveals.

The findings suggest that educating players about concussion may not be enough to keep them safe after they suffer this type of brain injury, according to the researchers.

The study authors surveyed 120 high school football players in the Cincinnati area and found that one-quarter of them had suffered a concussion, and that more than half said they would continue to play even if they had concussion symptoms.

Seventy percent of the players had been educated about concussion and most of them could identify common signs and symptoms, such as: headache (93 percent); dizziness (89 percent); difficulty remembering and sensitivity to light (78 percent); difficulty concentrating (76 percent); and feeling like they were in a fog (53 percent).

The study also found that 91 percent of the players understood that there was a risk of serious injury if they returned to play too quickly after a concussion, but only half said they would always or sometimes report their concussion symptoms to their coach. Some even said that athletes with a concussion have a responsibility to play in important games.

There was no association between players' level of knowledge about concussion symptoms and their attitudes about the injury, according to the study to be presented Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"In other words, athletes who had more knowledge about concussions were not more likely to report symptoms," study co-author Dr. Brit Anderson, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release.

"These attitudes could leave young athletes vulnerable to injury from sports-related concussions," Anderson said.

"Although further study needs to be done, it is possible that concussion education alone may not be enough to promote safe concussion behaviors in high school football players," she concluded.

The data and conclusions of research presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, May 6, 2013


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