Concussion Information for Parents

GUIDELINES

Heads Up Concussion
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/HeadsUpConcussion.html

 

EDUCATION

CDC TBI factsheet for parents
CDC TBI factsheet

Factsheet for Parents
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/parents_Eng.pdf

MCH reference card and MCH pocket card

Heads Up Concussion
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/HeadsUpConcussion.html

A Quiz for Coaches, Athletes, and Parents
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/quiz_Eng.pdf
 

ASSESSMENT TOOLS

SCAT2: Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2
SCAT2.pdf

Pocket SCAT2
Pocket_SCAT2.pdf

Child-SCAT3™
Child-SCAT3.pdf

Pocket CONCUSSION RECOGNITION TOOL™
Pocket CONCUSSION RECOGNITION TOOL.pdf

AFTER A CONCUSSION

What to Ask Your Doctor if Your Child Has a Concussion
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000213.htm

When Your Child Goes Home after a Concussion
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000125.htm
 

ARTICLES FROM THE MEDICAL LITERATURE

Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents
Pediatrics 126(3): 597-615, 2010
http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/126/3/597
Concussion can cause symptoms that interfere with school, social and family relationships, and participation in sports. Recognzing and understanding concussions are most important, because although proper equipment, sport technique, and adherence to rules of the sport may decrease the incidence and severity of concussions, nothing has been shown to prevent them altogether. Mental and physical rest is the most important treatment. Neuropsychological testing is helpful in monitoring recovery from concussion. Return to sport should be evaluated using a progressive exercise program while monitoring a player for any return of signs or symptoms.

Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport: The 3rd International Conference on Concussion in Sport Held in Zurich, November 2008.
Journal of Athletic Training 44(4):434-448, 2009.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2707064/pdf/attr-44-04-434.pdf?tool=pmcentrez
This statement contains the latest recommendations for the evaluation, treatment and return to play decisions after a concussion. It includes the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2).

Body-Checking Rules and Childhood Injuries in Ice Hockey
Pediatrics 117(2):e143-e147, 2006
http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/117/2/e143
This study compared body-checking injuries, fractures, and concussions in boys’ minor hockey in jurisdictions where checking is allowed with those in jurisdictions where body checking is not allowed. The study found that increased injuries were observed in regions where body checking was allowed.

Effect of Bodychecking on Injury Rates among Minor Ice Hockey Players
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal 175(2):155-160, 2006
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1489997/pdf/20060718s00015p155.pdf?tool=pmcentrez
This study conducted in the greater Edmonton area concluded that the introduction of body checking to 11-year-old players was associated with a large increase in injury rates.

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