Head and Neck Injuries in Youth Sports

Youth Activities and Physical Participation are a healthy part of growing up - but the bring safety risks as well -

During National Youth Sports Safety Month, we'd like you to consider how to prepare for safe Sports Activities and be well equipped for Sports First Aid.

Coach, Team & Sports First Aid Supplies are critical to Youth Sports Safety Coach, Team & Sports First Aid Supplies are critical to Youth Sports Safety

Each year, hospital emergency rooms, nationwide, treat an estimated 173,285 sports and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children, birth-19. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) has proclaimed April as National Youth Sports Safety Month.  Formed in 1989, NYSSF prides itself on educating parents, coaches, athletes and health care professionals on injury prevention in youth athletes.

More than 60 national medical and sports organizations support National Youth Sports Safety Month. They include the American College of Sports Medicine, The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and The United States Olympic Committee.

The NYSSF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have teamed up to protect youth athletes in sports were concussions are a concern. This program is called “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports”. The campaign focuses on the facts, the symptoms, responding to a concussion and returning to the game after a concussion. Heads Up is aimed at reducing the 3.8 million sports-related concussions that occur annually in the U.S.

Download the head trauma infographic - In the graphic we cover: •the likelihood of young athletes sustaining head injuries •the top ten sports related to head injuries  •	statistics for second impact syndrome  •	concussion symptoms to be aware of in youth athletes •	and necessary actions that should be taken if symptoms are present. Courtesy of Georgetown University's masters in nursing program  http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/ Download the head trauma infographic - In the graphic we cover:
• the likelihood of young athletes sustaining head injuries
• the top ten sports related to head injuries
• statistics for second impact syndrome
• concussion symptoms to be aware of in youth athletes
• and necessary actions that should be taken if symptoms are present.
Courtesy of Georgetown University's masters in nursing program
http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/

If your child is involved in youth sports, educate yourself about the risk of injuries, especially concussions and any other injury that is particularly associated with your child’s chosen sport. Meet the Athletic Trainers on staff and if there are none available, advocate for one.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Sports participation has become a major cause of serious injury among youth.

Sports activities are the second most frequent cause of injury for both male and female adolescents.

Each year it is estimated that more than five million children seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms because of sports injuries.

Most sports injuries are preventable.

Find free resources: The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine publishes specific injury prevention tip sheets for 20 different sports and activities.

Sports First Aid Kits, Team Sports Safety Supplies, Coaches Medic Bags and Sports injury supplies - Ice Packs, Bandages & Cold Sprays, Athletic Tape and even a Mini Golf First Aid Kits.
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— Think of Youth Sports Safety month as a time to insure that participation is always done in a manner that reduces the risk of injury.

  • Always make sure there is proper instruction in the rules and techniques necessary to engage in the sport. Proper supervision is necessary to avoid potentially dangerous behavior.
  • Equipment appropriate to safely playing the sport should always be used, including shoes, padding, and especially helmets when indicated. The risk of obtaining a concussion from a head injury can be great and lead to long-term health ramifications and emotional and cognitive problems.

Sports provide wonderful opportunities to get exercise and learn about teamwork and leadership. They should always be done in a safe manner.

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