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article imageConcussion risk and Winter Sports

By Tim Sandle     Dec 27, 2012 in Health
The winter sports season is a big event for the New Year, with people taking to the ice and slopes. The games are not without risks, especially for young people. To help players to understand these, the U.S. CDC has issued some advice.
To help protect young athletes ahead of the winter sports season the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued advice about the symptoms and danger signs. For this the CDC teamed up with USA Hockey, the NFL, the US Ski and Snowboarding Association, and 12 other national governing bodies for sports to develop a poster for young athletes. This is part of the CDC campaign ‘Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative’.
The poster informs athletes that all concussions are serious and emphasizes the importance of reporting their injury. It also provides athletes with a list of concussion signs, symptoms, and steps they should take if they think they have a concussion (the full poster as a pdf can be viewed here).
The main message for kids is that head injuries can occur in all sports, and especially with contact sports, and must be treated seriously.
In relation on concussion, the CDC states “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.”
In particular, concussion is caused by a hard blow to the head or by striking the head against a stationary object and where an injury to the head causes the brain to bounce against the rigid bone of the skull. This may cause a tearing or twisting of the structures and blood vessels of the brain, which results in a breakdown of the normal flow of messages within the brain. The symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, sickness, increased pupil size, and confusion.
The full list of participating bodies in the scheme are:
USA Football
US Lacrosse
USA Rugby
USA Baseball
USA Basketball
USA Field Hockey
USA Hockey
USA Cheer
USA Softball
USA Volleyball
USA Diving
USA Roller Sports
USA Cycling
US Ski and Snowboard Association
USA Skateboarding
US Soccer
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