What parents need to know about Wisconsin’s concussion law and youth athletics

Welcome to 2013! If your kids participate in sports this year, you should know that Wisconsin’s concussion law requires all youth athletic organizations, from recreational leagues to clubs or school sports, to educate coaches, athletes and parents about concussions. Everyone should be aware of the signs and effects of concussion, because …Click here to continue reading

Just cool it: Why heat illness is dangerous for young athletes

August in Wisconsin means high heat and humidity. As the temperature climbs, I worry about young athletes heading back to the practice field. Every year I hear about kids dying from heat illness, and it’s so easy to prevent. Kids practicing in hot weather, outdoors or inside (heat illness can happen in a hot gym too), are at risk.

Watch for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke — two common types …Click here to continue reading

This is a no-brainer: Concussion legislation will be signed into law

Have you heard? Youth concussion legislation passed in the state Legislature yesterday and soon will be signed into law. It will go a long way to protect all kids in Wisconsin.

As a pediatric sports medicine and concussion specialist, every day I see young athletes whose concussions have caused significant problems. Without a doubt, we know that …Click here to continue reading

When in doubt, sit them out

As a pediatric sports medicine and concussion specialist, I say it nearly every day. Many of you have heard me talk about young athletes and concussion, and this week I had another great opportunity to get the word out.

With every interview or presentation I do, I know one more coach, parent or athlete learns that concussion is a brain injury and needs to be taken seriously.

Here are the most important things to remember if you even suspect a young athlete may …Click here to continue reading

Why treating a student with a concussion requires a comprehensive approach

While caring for patients in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Concussion Clinic, I often notice that parents and young athletes don’t realize that a concussion affects injured athletes in all phases of life, not just athletics. While progress has been made in concussion awareness and recognition on the athletic field (although there’s still room for improvement), concussion awareness has …Continue reading this post

Concussion: New guidelines improve safety

You may have read and heard a lot about concussions lately. I recently cowrote a clinical report on sports-related concussions in children and adolescents that will be published today in Pediatrics. There have been some positive changes in the NFL and NCAA to improve safety, but you will be glad to know the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association has been following these improved rules for a few years now.

Concussions are brain injuries and need to be taken seriously. They don’t just happen in …Click here to continue reading

Enjoy the snow and sled safely, please

Well, the snow is coming down today marking the first big snowstorm of 2010. Though we adults may dread driving in it, nothing makes kids happier than sledding down a hill blanketed with fresh snow.

But did you know that each winter 24,500 kids are injured in sledding accidents? About 3,000 of these kids suffer a serious brain injury as a result. These are scary statistics that no parent wants to think about. A few simple precautions can help prevent many of these …Click here to continue reading

Concussion: myths and the importance of treatment

You may have read and heard a lot about concussions lately. U.S. Congress recently held a special session to learn more about the effects of concussion on National Football League players. Concussions don’t just happen in professional sports, they happen in every sport, at any age, and to both boys and girls.

Concussions are treated much differently now than they were 25 years ago — or even five years ago. While we have learned a lot about concussion, medical professionals still are constantly learning how to better recognize, treat and prevent long-term consequences.

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