Concussions at Playground

Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens suffer concussions from playing sports annually. These stats are based just off the reported cases. Researchers feel that a vast majority of the cases are not reported. Were they actually reported, the number would be as high as children affected by alcohol and drug abuse.

Concussions can cause life long mental illness, learning disability, depression or dementia.

Concussions can occur anywhere from playgrounds to sporting activities such as football, basketball and more. Every sport and any sport can cause concussions.

Are you doing enough to protect your loved ones against this debilitating injury?

The book: Concussion and Sport

Concussions are now recognized as a major public health threat. The National Institute for Health has determined that by 2020, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will surpass many diseases worldwide and will become the leading cause of disability and death.

This book is for parents, coaches, athletes, patients, and their families. Unlike many popular books which examine head injuries as a social or scientific phenomenon, this book has been written to provide a user-friendly manual for patients, and those who engage in activities that put them at high risk for concussion.

Here stands an opportunity to open your eyes and broaden your perspective on causes, prevention techniques and  treatments of concussions. Get your copy today by clicking below at Amazon.com

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BOOK CONTENTS: 

 
CHAPTER 1: A HEADY JOURNEY

A boy named Reggie is in the ER being evaluated by the nurses and doctors for an injury Reggie sustained after he collided with another football player.

This chapter takes us through the events at the ER room where Reggie’s’ mom awaits a much critical diagnosis for this dreaded injury called “concussion”

This chapter also gives us insights into how much awareness (or the lack of) does Reggie’s mom and many other like her actually have about head injuries and its associated symptoms, treatment options, injury mechanisms etc.

CHAPTER 2: INJURY MECHANISMS

Summary

This chapter covers the mechanism of action of injury for all sports related head injuries:

FOOTBALL:

  1. Helmet to helmet collision
  2. Helmet to field collision
  3. Helmet to body collision

LACROSSE:

  1. Stick to head contact
  2. Ball to head contact

WRESTLING/BOXING/KARATE/MMA:

  1. Head to head contact
  2. Head to mat contact
  3. Hand to face contact
  4. Head to Knee/Leg/Foot

SOCCER/VOLLEYBALL/BASKETBALL:

  1. Head-to-Ball
  2. Head-to-Head
  3. Head to Field/Court
  4. Head to Elbow

GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING:

  1. Head to Beam
  2. Head to mat
  3. Feet to mat
  4. Head to head
CHAPTER 3: CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT

Summary:

This chapter dives into treatment schemes such as Step-wise return-to-play and return-to-learn/work protocols, visual training, various neuropsychological interventions and Postural correction and more

CHAPTER 4: FORCES TO BE RECKONED WITH (BIOMECHANICS)

Summary:

This chapter discussed biomechanics of how concussions are caused such as sudden acceleration (or deceleration) of the head. It talks about how Children are more vulnerable to a concussion compared with adults but also that female athletes are more prone to concussions than the male counterparts and the dives into the reasons for the same. It also dives into how scientist are using head sensors to measure impact in football players. We also briefly talk about the science of helmets and whether or not they protect the brain during impacts.

CHAPTER 5: A JOURNEY BETWEEN THE EARS ( ANATOMY)

In this chapter you’ll learn about HOW and WHY the brain get’s impacted during concussions for e.g. Head injuries can cause the upper two vertebrae to become misaligned (atlas subluxation), impeding blood flow and communication between the brain and body.

CIRCUITRY OF THE MIND AND BODY (PATHOPHYSIOLOGY)

Learn in-depth about Post-concussion syndrome specifically it’s effect on mood, sleep and cognition.

CONCUSSION ASSESSMENT

Summary:

While most patient’s symptoms will disappear with rest, some patients may have symptoms that persist and require further treatment. When symptoms are serious, or don’t disappear at the end of an acute rest period, the patient should be evaluated by different specialists.

Under the assessment chapter we will answer questions like,

  1. Are there any other injuries that need treatment besides the concussion?
  2. How long does the patient need to rest to ensure that all of their symptoms go away, and they can safely play sports again?
  3. If symptoms are not going away on their own, what active treatments can help the brain and body to function normally again, and return to prior level of function?

Here, we’ll also talk about four different types of assessments.

ents continue to have symptoms, or want to engage in training to make future concussions less likely.
RECENT ADVANCEMENTS

This chapter talks about everything that is lacking in the world of sports related concussions and how incorporating these advanced strategies could be beneficial for the safety of kids involved in these organized sports.

Discussions on:

  1. Educating the masses and spreading awareness
  2. Tackling issues with healthcare –insurance policies etc.
  3. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  4. Cognitive behavioral therapy
  5. Physical therapy
  6. Exertional therapy/ submaximal exercise
  7. Vision, vestibular and neuro-optometric therapy
  8. Concussion apps and online resources
CHAPTER 9: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Just as lobbyists have taken decades to improve the quality, sourcing and labeling of foods in the United States, the same proactive stance for injury prevention in sports is needed.

We talk about the political climate with regards to concussions and then wrap up our book

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