The Future of Preventing Concussion in Children and Adolescents
Prevention of injury is one of the primary goals when it comes to youth participation in sports. Unfortunately, prevention of youth concussions is not particularly easy. Whether there has been an actual increase in the number of youth concussions, or just more recognition of concussion injuries, concussions are a concern for just about anyone playing sports. Knowledge regarding concussion mechanisms, consequences, management, and treatment is extremely important, but prevention should be the utmost goal. Research is sparse regarding how to adequately prevent concussions and available equipment is lacking in this protection. Most research is done at a collegiate or professional level making extrapolation of data to younger athletes, who may be more vulnerable to injury and have different mechanics, injury patterns and recovery, very challenging. Recognition and education regarding concussions is currently our best tool regarding avoidance of this devastating injury. This chapter will review the current research regarding principles of head injury as it may relate to prevention, current protective equipment and future insights into how to prevent concussion.
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