Soccer Concussions

2016 Jan 6 – Youth sports now has a fast assessment for concussions
HHITT (Handheld Head Injury Treatment Tool) announced the launch of the first mobile neurocognitive assessment tool. The tool is used to assist the diagnosis and treatment of a concussion using telemedicine to provide the user an on-demand remote certified physician to assess, evaluate and make a real-time medical decision on the user’s health.

2016 Jan 5 –Former Mizzou player in ‘prime of life’ had a disease ‘destroying his brain’
Dead at 25 from an unrelated heart condition, the Harrisonville native CTE was as severe as what had been found in the brain of 43-year-old Seau, even though Keck was almost two decades Seau’s junior. “He started playing when he was quite young,” McKee said. “So he had 16 years of football behind him. That’s a lengthy exposure. Brain injury is cumulative.”

Concussion Recognition and Response™ (CRR) Product Overview
Purpose: Recognize whether an individual is exhibiting and/or reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion and respond quickly and appropriately
Admin Time: Less than 5 minutes
Qualifications: No special qualifications are required, although the range of products eligible for purchase is limited.

Now available at the Apple® App Store and the Android™ Market! – PAR will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this app to support concussion research at the Children‘s National Medical Center and the Matthew A. Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center.

About the CRR:
The Concussion Recognition & Response™ app is a new tool that helps coaches and parents recognize whether an individual is exhibiting/reporting the signs and symptoms of a suspected concussion. The app allows a coach or parent to respond quickly and appropriately to this potentially serious medical situation. In less than 5 minutes, the user can complete a checklist of possible signs and/or symptoms to determine whether to remove the child from play and the need for further medical examination. The app allows users to record pertinent information regarding a child with a suspected concussion and share that information via e-mail with health care professionals; it also provides a system for post-injury follow-up. With answers to Frequently Asked Questions for parents and coaches, this tool is an invaluable guide for learning about concussions.

Priced for a limited time at only $3.99, the app is available at the Apple® App Store and the Android Market.

Benefits and Features:
* Concussion Recognition and Response
* Home Symptom Monitoring (HSM)
* Return-to-Play Guide
* Concussion Information
* Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Post-Concussion Home/School Instructions
* In-App Purchases
* For your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® Touch, Android™ device or tablet!

A video offering a demonstration of the application is included below.

From KSDK – Technology helping concussion treatment, prevention

Sports trainers are there when ankles sprain and wrists turn, but brain injuries can’t be seen. These trainers have become the first line of defense against them.

“What we used to call ten years ago a little ding, they’re definitely reporting those symptoms a lot better now,” said trainer Mike Heffner.

Heffner trains more than 20 local hockey teams. He’s seen sports become more physical and fast-paced in recent years.

“I don’t think they fully grasp the severity of what that can lead to,” Heffner explained.

Some players don’t want to admit the issue for fear of being benched.

“If a kid comes over and says, ‘My head doesn’t hurt.’ But you can visibly tell he’s not being fully truthful with you, those are the kids you pull off right away,” Heffner said.

More information:

Brain Injury Association of Maryland
Sports Concussion Institute
Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill

Below is information compiled by the Missouri Youth Soccer Association regarding concussions and their relationship to the game of soccer:

  • CDC Concussion Test – GotSoccer: CLICK HERE
  • Concussion Resources from the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
  • Click here for more information and materials from US Youth Soccer: Concussions Education / Training
  • Missouri Bill Regarding Concussions – “Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act”
  • November 30, 2011 Article on Soccer Activities and Concussions, with the US Youth Soccer stance: “Heading Soccer Balls Can Lead to Brain damage, Study Says”
  • The Effects of Concussion Legislation One Year Later – What we have Learned
  • CDC Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury
    Gladiator Mentality
    NFHS policy changes for 2010-11
    @ThinkTaylorORG (Twitter)

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