For Parents

Sports Concussions Parents AdvocateWhether your child is a cheerleader or plays football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, or another sport, your primary concern is his or her well-being. It is estimated that over 3 million concussions will be sustained each year during sports or other recreational activities.Studies of high school athletes show the rate of concussions per 1000 exposures to either a practice or game situation as follows: 0.59 for football (boys), 0.25 for wrestling (boys), 0.18 for soccer boys; 0.23 for girls, 0.09 for field hockey (girls), and 0.11 for basketball boys; 0.16 for girls.Among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) soccer players, the rate of injury has been reported as 0.4-0.6 per 1000 athlete exposures. Sports activities that place the athlete at high risk for a head injury include boxing, football, ice hockey, wrestling, rugby, and soccer, with girls more likely to sustain a concussion than boys when participating in similar sports.

As a parent, your concerns are how to identify when a concussion has occurred, how it impacts your child, and when is your child able to resume normal activity levels, including playing sports. At AdvancedPsy we aim to answer those questions, helping you to understand the impact that the concussion has had on your child and aiding you and the physician in making the appropriate return-to-play decisions for your child.