Neurosurgery Outreach Month
As children return to school, millions of them also will be hitting the playing field or court as they participate in competitive athletics. Whether its football or cheerleading, soccer or volleyball, or even just recreational physical education or riding a bike to school, members of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) want to stress the need for awareness about concussion and other sports-related head/neck injuries. The possibility of a serious – even life-threatening – injury when participating in athletics means that players, coaches, administrators and parents should all know how to identify symptoms of a potentially serious condition, as well as take all preventative measures to ensure these sports are enjoyed safely by participants.
Sports and recreational activities contribute to about 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents, and more than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high school contact sports. The changes in competitive cheerleading – which over the past two decades has transformed into an increasing acrobatic sport – have lead to significant rule changes and requirements, which should be enforced at all times. Women’s soccer players also face significant risk of concussion and other serious head injuries. In fact, according to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, women’s soccer is second only to football when it comes to the number of concussions reported by young athletes.
Please click here to read the AANS press release regarding the importance of safety and precaution when it comes to sports and head injury. In addition, you can find out more information on these topics through the AANS’ Patient Information pages on both concussion (click here) and sports-related head injury (click here).