Many high school football players ignore signs of concussion_ survey

MONDAY, Oct. Signs of concussion in babies 22, 2012 (HealthDay News) — A new survey of high school football players finds that more than half of those who felt some of the common symptoms of a concussion over the past two years didn’t report them because they were afraid of being banned from playing.

More than half of the 134 athletes surveyed said they’d learned more about the symptoms of concussion after getting to high school. Signs of concussion in children But even though concussions can lead to problems such as brain swelling and bleeding, less than 40 percent were worried about the long-term effects of concussions.

“The good news is that kids are paying attention and have gotten some increased knowledge,” said survey author Dr. Signs of a concussion in an infant Michael Israel, a resident at the department of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Signs of concussion for baby “But they also know that due to state rules, if they have certain symptoms they have to go through a certain protocol to get back to play. Signs of concussion in a child Some of them are potentially hiding their symptoms to avoid being pulled.”

The risk of concussions on the football field has become a major issue at both the youth and professional levels. Signs of a concussion Researchers and physicians fear they can lead to long-lasting brain damage.

Concussions occur when something hits the head and jars the brain. Symptoms of a concussion in child Many are minor, but concussions can lead to loss of consciousness and serious medical conditions like brain damage and bleeding in the brain.

Israel said he was inspired to launch the survey after serving as an on-site doctor during a high school football game. Symptoms of a concussion in a baby A player “got his bell rung” and went to be examined by the athletic trainer. Signs of a concussion in baby But he didn’t want the coach to know that there was any problem.

“He knew he wouldn’t be able to go back in without going through some tests,” Israel said. Symptoms of a concussion in adults The player turned out to be fine after going through some tests to check his alertness and memory.

Israel created an online survey about concussions for varsity high school football players and sent it to several Arkansas school districts. Signs of a concussion in toddler It’s not clear how many players got a chance to take the survey, but 134 responded. What are signs of a concussion All had played football for at least one year.

Fewer than 10 percent said a doctor or team trainer had diagnosed them with a concussion. Signs of concussion in a toddler But about a third said they’d suffered from concussion-like symptoms — like headache, dizziness, loss of balance and blurred vision — over the past two years. Signs of a concussion in a child Of those, more than half said they didn’t do anything for fear of being taken off the field.

The message of the study is that despite more knowledge about concussion, many football players haven’t changed their behavior regarding their own possible injuries, Israel said. Signs of a minor concussion Still, he said, almost three of four said they’d report another player’s concussion-like symptoms. Signs of a concussion in adults “They were more likely to report a teammate than themselves,” he said.

What to do? Israel said most of the players — 85 percent — said they got most of their information about concussion from their coaches. What are the signs of a concussion “There needs to be a way to get the important information to the coaches,” he said.

Athletic trainers may also play an important role in concussion awareness. Warning signs concussion Another study presented at the AAP meeting found that Chicago area high schools with athletic trainers had more diagnosed concussions and fewer injuries overall, at least among sports programs for girls. Signs of a head concussion Yet, fewer than half of U.S. Symptoms of a minor concussion high schools have trainers. Signs of having a concussion It’s not clear, though, that the presence of trainers is directly related to injury rates and concussion diagnoses.

Dr. Signs of a concussion pupils Michael O’Brien, associate director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, said teen athletes need to take responsibility, too. Signs of a concussion in babies “A lot of the problems with young athletes is that they don’t recognize it as a problem or they don’t necessarily want to miss play and miss what often ends up being a short career,” he said. Signs of concussion in a baby “We have to expect more out of teenage athletes. Sign of concussion in toddler If we treat them more like children, it’s not going to be effective.”

SOURCES: Michael Israel, M.D., resident, department of pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock; Michael O’Brien, M.D., associate director, Sports Concussion Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital; Oct. Signs of a concussion in kids 22, 2012, presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting, New Orleans