The subject of concussions is a hot topic these days. From casual chatter at the bus stop to symposiums led by the nation’s top neurologists, people are noticing that brain trauma among adolescent athletes is on the rise.
The reasons are many. First, concussions are being better understood and diagnosed by the medical community thanks to tools like baseline testing and SCAT2 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2). Also, education is playing a big part in understanding that concussion symptoms are often subtle and may not be noticed for hours, or even days. Getting the word out to parents, coaches, athletic trainers, teachers, and athletes themselves, is helping to better identify concussions.
Last, sports are more accessible than ever to children and teens. Past generations often played a single sport during one season, but young people today have a wide choice, with many participating year-round in sports – many of them contact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared concussions among adolescents an epidemic. In the field of epidemiology, this is defined as “the occurrence of more cases of disease than would normally be expected in a specific place or group of people over a given period of time.”
With millions of concussions happening in the United States every year, it seems everyone has a concussion story. Whether a personal experience or knowing a friend or acquaintance who’s been affected, it’s becoming increasing common to see the familiar nod when the subject comes up in conversation. The silver lining is that conversation leads to education, which ultimately will lead to a collective societal awareness of concussions.
Help us in our goal to educate and tell us your concussion story.