Quinte Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is proud to be one of the founding sponsors of the inaugural Saints Fall Classic charity football game at Quinte Secondary School. As specialists in child and youth medicine it is our aim to ensure that kids of all ages are able to enjoy the activities that they enjoy in a way that is safe and informed. Our main message for student athletes is simple: know your symptoms and respect your injury.
When it comes to health and safety in high school sports, concussions tend to be a hot topic of discussion. In reality, concussions actually only make up 2% of the PE-related (physical education) injuries (2009 American Academy of Pediatrics). Sprains and strains make up 40% of PE-related injuries, with soft tissue injuries and fractures accounting for 19% each.
As low as the incidence of concussions may be, the injury itself can still have some potentially devastating consequences. For that reason it is important to make sure that student athletes, coaches, and parents understand what concussions are, know how to prevent them, and know what to do when such an injury is suspected.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body. The impact doesn’t have to be hard to be bad. Concussions:
A concussion should always be taken seriously. While most people with a concussion will heal, it is important to give your brain time to recover from the injury.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
What to do if you suspect you have a concussion
How to prevent sports-related injuries
Whether it’s a concussion, fracture, sprain or strain, here are some tips for avoiding sports-related injuries:
Parts of this article were adapted from information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For printable materials, see their resources on Traumatic Brain Injury
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