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Is Education and Communication the best Defense against Concussions?


Football season is getting more serious and everyone including coaches and team trainers are concerned of one thing, which is safety. They fear that concussions will become more common, and therefore, feel the urge to prevent it.

According to Eric Smoyer, a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer at Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital, all players from those in the pee-wee leagues to those playing in professional leagues understand the threat of concussions like never before.

Kids are becoming more knowledgeable as far as recognizing the threat is concerned. You’ll see them talking of something wrong with them and even going an extra mile to check either with a parent or coaches, says Smoyer.

But, what is the best defense against concussions? Is it education and communication?

Experts recommend that parents of football players should educate themselves about the signs and dangers of concussions. If they notice something unusual with their child, then the best thing to do is to report to an athletic trainer.

Ideally, Smoyer says football players can get another blow to the head or sustain another injury, a condition referred to as “second impact syndrome”.

Well, second impact syndrome is a rapid swelling of the brain and if not taken seriously, it can result in further complications such as permanent disability and injury.

So, that’s how concussions can turn out to be. Of course the last thing you want is to leave your young football player experience permanent disability or injury, which is caused by concussions. And the only best way to eliminate this complication is through education. However, education alone may not help much, and communication, is therefore, highly recommended. Visit the Internet and books to see what people say about concussions. I’m sure different people have different experiences with concussions, and having comprehensive knowledge will really help. Also, communicate with team trainers, as most of them have handled concussions in many different circumstances.

On education, you can go an extra mile to visit Emergency Department to check on how they view the injury. You can also try to learn more about orthopedics, which is the relationship between concussions and the bones/muscles. Furthermore, be sure to learn other things such as migraines, speed language pathology, vision rehab, and vestibular rehab. From here, you’ll be well equipped and have in-depth knowledge about concussions.

And with enough knowledge about the complication, it becomes so easy to help a football player, before the situation can worsen and lead to more problems. It’s not just parents who should communicate; athletic trainers should make sure they keep parents up to date. Of course, there are home steps to ensure a player with concussions recovers fast, and trainers can talk to parents and guardians about these home remedies.

Trainers too should have education on concussions. Through this, they’ll be able to administer correct treatment to players with concussions and help avoid further complications that come with it.

To sum up, education and communication is the best way to subdue concussions. Both parents and trainers should have in-depth knowledge about concussions, as through that, they’ll help football players as fast as possible. Remember, if left untreated or if not treated properly, concussions can lead to permanent disability or injury.


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