As hundreds of thousands of young athletes practice and compete in a wide variety of sports daily, there is no doubt that these sports are a great way for kids and teens to stay healthy, as well as learn important leadership and team-building skills. However, researchers are discovering that young athletes often do not recognize when they have a concussion.
A concussion can have long term impacts on young athletes such as their health, memory, and learning. This has lead to a new effort to improve prevention and response to sports-related concussions.
Coaches and parents are requested to help recognize and make the call to pull an athlete off the field, ice or court if you think that player might have suffered a concussion.
The good news is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners have developed the FREE Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports online training for coaches that can help answer these questions.
You can be prepared for the new season in less than 30 minutes. Simply go online and take the self-guided training.
Complete the FREE training today by visiting www.cdc.gov/concussion .