Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion

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UPNE, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages
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Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already had at least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple "bell-ringer," and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to "walk off" a potentially devastating injury. Ahead of the Game is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink. A pioneer in youth concussion research since the 1990s, this leading brain-behavior expert, neuropsychologist, and sports mom, Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, has worked with thousands of youth athletes, as well as professional sports teams. Dr. Moser explains:
* Helmets and mouth guards, even when properly fitted, cannot prevent concussion
* Concussions may negatively affect a child's GPA, school performance, and emotional behavior
* Girls are more vulnerable to concussion than boys
* State concussion laws may not be enough to keep kids safe
Ahead of the Game clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ--the brain--before an injury occurs.
 

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Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion

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While kids have been bumping their heads since time immemorial, research into concussions is a fairly young field. Over 500,000 children between the ages of ten and 14 visit ERs every year for ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Test Your Concussion Knowledge
13
Understanding the Young Brain
14
2 Is It Really a Concussion
33
Preseason Baseline Testing
50
An EightStep Plan to Get Back in the Game
68
Making Responsible ReturntoPlay Decisions
95
6 Drafting a Concussion Health Care Team
116
Public Education Advocacy and the Brain Hygiene Model
133
Appendixes
151
References
189
Index
203
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ROSEMARIE SCOLARO MOSER, PhD. is a neuropsychologist, hockey mom, and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey. She is the official neuropsychologist for Philadelphia Soul Arena Football, Trenton Steel Arena Football, and Trenton Titans Professional Hockey.

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