At this point in the fall sports season, kids are heading into the playoffs. The competitive juices are flowing. There’s a ton of pressure to perform at a high level and win a championship. Many athletes are looking to impress college and professional scouts.
In a previous post, I discussed the prevalence of repetitive use injuries, why they happen, and how to prevent them. Concussions are also becoming common, but they’re more difficult to prevent. Sure, you can use proper equipment and technique, but concussions are often the result of unintentional collisions, bumps and falls.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or even a blow to the body that causes the brain to quickly move back and forth. This can cause the brain to bounce or twist in the skull, causing a change in how the brain functions. It’s a functional injury, not a structural injury. In a child, a concussion can threaten the development of the brain. Continue reading