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View NFL Public Service Concussion Video

Wow, four posts in one day, is a lot, but the brain injury news keeps happening.

I have finally been able to get a hold of the NFL concussion video public service announcement that will be aired for the first time tonight.  You can view it for yourself at the NFL News blog.

Well, its a start,  To bad they don't bother to list the CDC signs and symptoms of a concussionor state the most important fact that the public doesn't seem to get, you don't need to be knocked out to have sustained a concussion; that all concussions must be taken seriously and that medical clearance is necessary before returning to play. How long would it have taken to include these important points.

Next time, they also should put in a link to the Brain Injury Association of America. Maybe a statement to contact their State brain injury association for more information would be a nice idea.

So guys, nice try, but let's get it right.

Just in case the NFL and their coaches and trainers have forgotten here are the signs and symptoms of a concussion according to the Center for Disease Control and what you need to do if you suspect your child has sustained a concussion:

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians
If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Does not “feel right”

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION?
Every sport is different, but there are steps your children can take to protect themselves from concussion.

  • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?

  1.  Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports.

  2. Keep your child out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing—risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.

  3. Tell your child’s coach about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your child had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

Remember, WHEN IN DOUBT, KEEP THEM OUT!

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Vince Bradshaw

The above article illustrates some very important points about the long term effects of brain injury. We see a lot of patients in our imaging clinics who are suffering from the effects of previous concussions.

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