Kids and Sport-Related Concussions

People who play football have a higher number of concussions than those who play any other sport. Which comes second?

  1. Girl’s soccer
  2. Boy’s wrestling
  3. Boy’s ice hockey.

Well, you’ll have to watch the new BrainWorks video about kids and sports-related concussions to hear the answer.  I know, not fair, but trust me, it’s a great video!

With the help of host Eric Chudler, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, a Brain Awareness Week all-star, and the creator of the Neuroscience for Kids website, you’ll learn a lot about concussions, such as what causes them and what they feel like—all in the span of twenty minutes. The video also offers some insight on helmet safety, from how to properly adjust a bike helmet to what’s on the horizon in new helmet technology.

Over the past several years, there’s been a rising concern about player safety in professional and student athletics; head protection and knowing how to identify concussion symptoms have become priorities. While a single head injury can sometimes be catastrophic, research on the cumulative effects of hits to the head has also started to shed light on how the brain of an athlete in a contact sport, such as football or soccer, can be affected over time.

Arm yourself with the facts from this video and protect your head!

– Ann L. Whitman

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