Traumatic Brain Injuries and Sports

Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:46

Put me in coach I’m ready to play! Playing sports is great exercise and fun, but it could also be dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 135,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are treated in emergency rooms each year in kids ages 5 to 18 years old.

TBI’s are caused by a bump or a blow to the head that interfere with the way the brain normally works.

Coaches, parents and kids–make sure the right protective gear is worn and learn the symptoms of TBI.

Some signs include: headache or pressuse in the head, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, blurry vision, confusion or maybe just not feeling “right.” Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if the player feels fine.

To find out about the symptoms and prevention of traumatic brain injuries and concussions, go to www.cdc.gov/concussioninyouthsports.

Remember: Prevention–it begins with you!

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