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  • 1. Val Danculovich
  • 2.  We can all agree sports are a good way to stay in shape as well as learning other important team building skills. But there are negative consequences when it comes to playing sports, injuries. Injuries that may have immediate or long- term consequences such as concussions. Source: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/high_school.html
  • 3.  “A trauma-induced event in mental statue that may or may not involve a loss of consciousness.” In fact greater then 90% of all concussions there is no loss of consciousness. A concussion involves, “biomechanical forces cause rotation of the brain’s cerebral hemispheres around the upper part of the brainstem.” The player may experience a, “brief change of awareness which is usually described as being ‘dazed’ or in rare occasions a prolonged loss of consciousness.” Source: http://seeingstarsfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=27
  • 4.  Reports of concussions have risen 60% but that static may be higher because there are plenty of athletes who don’t report their injuries for fear that they will not be allowed to play. The source of concussions in youth is during activities such as bicycling, soccer, playground activities, football, and basketball. Source: http://seeingstarsfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=27 http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2011/10/report_60_percent_increase_in_youth-
  • 5.  At the high school level the sports with the highest concussion rating is hockey (both women and men’s), football, basketball, and soccer. Even though there are more men who sustain concussions, women are more likely to suffer concussion than boys who play the same sports. Specialist theorize that this may be due to the fact that women have weaker neck muscles than men. Source: http://seeingstarsfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=27 http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20100830/sports-related-concussions-on-the-rise-in-kids
  • 6.  Anyone who is associated with sports  Parents  Coaches  Players  Refs  Athletic Directors
  • 7.  What are the symptoms of a concussion? What should you do as a parent, coach, or athletic director to prevent a concussion? What are coaches, parents, refs, and athletic directors doing to prevent concussions? If you have a concussion, how long should you sit out until you are able to play again? What sport activities cause the most concussions? What should you do as an athlete to prevent a concussion? What is the evaluation and treatment protocol for suspected concussion?
  • 8.  Dazed or stunned appearance Change in the level of consciousness or awareness Shows behavior changes Answers more slowly than usual Headache Nausea Source: http://www.wiaawi.org/Health/Concussions.aspx
  • 9. There is no way to truly prevent a concussion. Education andawareness of the situation is key in reducing the risk ofproblems with concussion. Proper equipment and safeplaying fields can reduce the risk of head trauma . Mostimportantly, proper practices during a game such as hittingand tackling are vital. Just make sure you have safetyequipment and an athletic trainer. Source: http://www.wiaawi.org/Health/Concussions.aspx
  • 10. Concussions Related Articles • “A Hard-Hitting Story: Young Football Players Take Big – League Hits to Head • http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june12/footballhits_04-02.html • NFL • Junior Seau • http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/post/2012/05/ex- teammate-junior-seau-had-1500-concussions/1#.UFhxrxid7Ns • Dave Duerson • http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/5210244-419/ignorance-isnt- bliss.html
  • 11. Val Danculovich