More Studies Needed On Young Athletes And Concussion Issues

headgearInjuries and concussions are major issues for athletes of all ages.  Many wonder if wearing headgear is a help and how often youngsters playing football and other contact sports suffer from concussions.  New information has come to light that there are major gaps in knowledge about the concussion risks in youth sports.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council urged sports bodies to set up a system nationwide to track and answer questions relating to concussion injuries in sports.  In spite of increased awareness about the nature of such injuries, a panel concluded that young players still resist reporting injuries and sitting out games till they feel better.  Concussion injuries have to be taken very seriously and reported immediately just like any other – the chances of suffering impairments in the long run are very high.  Fortunately, more youngsters are getting treated for such injuries – numbers went up significantly over between 2009 and 2011.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.