Concussions and Sport: the Coach's Role

Concussions and Sport: the Coach's Role

The support staff surrounding an athlete can vary, but usually includes the following elements: a school or sports association; coaches; parents; volunteers; a medical team; referees; managers. During a sports activity, the primary role of the medical staff is to ensure the health and safety of all participants, however, each member of the support staff plays an important role in injury prevention, including concussions. Therefore, we would like to present the first of a series of articles regarding the role of the support staff, beginning with: ? the coach's role in identifying and managing a concussion.

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Children should not participate in contact sports (we must put an end to hockey and football to protect our kids!): Do you agree?

Children should not participate in contact sports (we must put an end to hockey and football to protect our kids!): Do you agree?

“Kids should not be allowed to play contact sports.” This statement will most likely bring about strong emotions and varying opinions, particularly among athletes, their parents and families, coaches, sports medicine professionals, researchers… Are Dr. Omalu’s recommendations well founded and justified? Although research does demonstrate an increased risk of concussion or children participating in contact sports, is putting an end to contact sports in youth athletes the best solution? We asked several members of the sports community to share their opinions with us!

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Concussions and Sport : 7 C.E.R.E.B.R.A.L. ways to protect your child’s brain!

Concussions and Sport : 7 C.E.R.E.B.R.A.L. ways to protect your child’s brain!

Participating in physical activity provides great benefits to children, teenagers and adults. Whether it be participating in soccer, running, football, volleyball, cycling, rugby, tennis...physical activity is necessary to maintain physical and mental health. This participation does lead to potential risk of injury, including sprains, strains, and concussions. Certain sports present an increased risk of concussions, for example, high contact sports (martial arts, boxing, football, rugby, hockey, soccer...) and sports with increased heights and velocities (cycling, ski, gymnastics, cheerleading…). However, a direct or indirect impact to the head can lead to a concussion in sporting and non-sporting environments. Therefore, how can we decrease the risk of a concussion? Although it is currently impossible to participate in an activity with no risk of injury, here are 7 C.E.R.E.B.R.A.L. ways to protect your child’s brain!

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A physician?... A physiotherapist?... A kinesiologist?...Who should you consult if you suffer from a concussion?

A physician?... A physiotherapist?... A kinesiologist?...Who should you consult if you suffer from a concussion?

A concussion results in the presence of signs and symptoms (ex: headache, dizziness, and blurred vision) following a direct or indirect impact to the head. In most cases, symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days, however, in certain instances, symptoms can last for several weeks or even months. When you believe that you have suffered from a concussion, an immediate evaluation from a qualified healthcare professional who is trained in the management and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries is necessary in order to favour an optimal recuperation. What professional should one consult?

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