Recently there has been a spike in media coverage regarding the dangers of concussions, especially as they affect professional athletes. But do parents and coaches know how to prevent and treat concussions when they affect youth?
According to Indiana University’s Health Center, a concussions is “a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. 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. A concussion can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions are rarely life-threatening, and can range from mild to severe. They can occur even if you do not lose consciousness. Multiple concussions can have cumulative and long lasting life changes.”
Dr. Terry Horner, a neurosurgeon with more than 31 years of experience treating concussions in people of all ages, has worked with the Indiana University football team and the Indianapolis Colts and has also presented information about concussions to recreational sports clubs and homeschool groups.
“Part of our challenge is to try to educate not only parents and children, but also doctors,” said Horner, explaining that heavy media coverage has led to increased awareness, new research and changes to treatment methods in the past few years.