More attention now paid to young athletes who experience head trauma
A greater focus on the head injuries experienced by young players of contact sports is leading to more concussion diagnoses and experts are saying that this is a step in the right direction, according to WMBF News. The media outlet reports that head injury occurrences are not spiking, rather that there is a focused attention to these types of maladies.
The news provider explains that some of this new mindfulness of concussions may come from the NFL’s awareness accomplishments in recent years.
“We believe that one reason for the increase in emergency department visits among children and adolescents may be a result of the growing awareness among parents and coaches and the public as a whole, about the need for individuals with a suspected (traumatic brain injury) to be seen by a health care professional,” Linda C. Degutis, director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, told the news source.
The CDC has noted that it may be better for a student to miss a game than to miss an entire season or lifetime of sports due to an injury not taking the time to heal properly. Future team leaders who are seeking a coaching degree may face future events where they have to pull an injured star player from a game, despite the affect it could have on the team.