What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.

via CDC – Concussion – Traumatic Brain Injury – Injury Center.

Youth Sports Safety: Your Child

What do I need to know about kids and sports injuries?

Playing sports is a great way for your child to stay fit and healthy, to learn about teamwork, make friends, and develop a sense of personal satisfaction.  In addition, taking part in youth sports may lead to greater leisure-time physical activity as an adult.

However, kids’ injuries from playing sports are on the rise, perhaps due to several factors:

  • Physical stress from the demands of training on kids’ growing bodies
  • Life stress  (which increases the risk of injury)
  • Improper training
  • Poor coaching

Can youth sports injuries be prevented?

Most sports injuries can be prevented, even predicted! The first step in preventing sports injuries is finding out why sports injuries occur. Sports injuries may be caused by:

  • Individual risk factors (such as medical conditions)
  • Inadequate physical exams before participating (every child should get a sports-specific physical exam before each season)
  • Find out what experts say about heart screening for young athletes.
  • Lack of pre-season conditioning
  • Lack of safety equipment, or poorly fitted, improper equipment
  • Lack of proper eye protection
  • Teaming up by age instead of size
  • Unsafe playing fields, or surfaces
  • Improper training or coaching, or lack of instruction
  • Fatigue
  • Not warming up, cooling down and stretching properly
  • Playing while injured
  • Stress and inappropriate pressure to win
  • Temperature
  • Poor nutrition or hydration

via Youth Sports Safety: Your Child: University of Michigan Health System.