Posts Categorized: Concussions

Sports Injury FAQs

Sports injuries, such as concussions and injured Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACLs), are common occurrences across a wide variety of sports. While both injuries are well known, Sport Injury FAQs are helpful in learning about cause, prevention, and treatment among athletes. One very common topic of sport injury FAQs are concussions. They are very common injuries in sports… Read more »

The Real Dangers of Concussions

Sports are a great outlet for children to be active, develop social skills, and learn the importance of teamwork. According to The Boston Globe, three out of four American families with school-aged children have at least one playing an organized sport. This is a total of roughly 45 million children. It’s important that kids are allowed… Read more »

Sports Concussions for Children and Teens

Management of Sports Concussions in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population There is an excellent review in the January/February issue of Orthopedics by Dr. Aaron Provance et al. which covers the management of sports-related concussions in the pediatric and adolescent population. Below is a summary of the key points in managing sports related concussions. Concussions make up nearly 10% of… Read more »

Facts about Concussions and Female Soccer Players

A concussion is a kind of brain injury that is typically caused by a fall, hit, or shake to the head.  The long-term damages caused by concussions are an increasing concern for athletes in many different sports, including female soccer players. Soccer is a popular sport for boys and girls across the U.S. with over… Read more »

How to Treat a Concussion – Medical Steps

What Medical Steps Are Taken When You Get A Sports Related Concussion? Preseason preparation: In the preseason, all athletes will have a Baseline Impact Test completed. A Baseline Impact Test is a neurological and cognitive test that is given to all the athletes to have a baseline number on what their normal cognitive abilities are based on memory and… Read more »

Louisville Orthopedic Emphasizes Dangers of Concussions in Sports

Concussions in Sports are a Serious Problem The long term effects of concussions in sports are being recognized and concussion treatment and prevention is being intensively studied. The NFL settled a lawsuit with retired NFL players for 765 million dollars over concussion related brain injuries and the NCAA is currently in mediation regarding the same… Read more »

Brain Injury in Sports – Ice Hockey identified as Sport with Comparatively High Risk for Kids

Brain Injury in Sports Canadian researchers examined sports injury data about 13,000 Canadian children and teens and found that ice hockey accounted for around 44% of all brain injuries among kids. For kids 11 and older, the game was responsible for more than two-thirds of brain injuries. Player to player contact, getting hit into the… Read more »

Updated Guidelines for Sports Concussions Issued by American Academy of Neurology (AAN) – More from Louisville Sports Medicine Physician

The AAN issued new guidelines to evaluate athletes with concussions, replacing the 1997 guidelines. One recommendation deemed of special importance includes the suggestion that any athletes thought to have experienced a  concussion be stopped from engaging in athletic play immediately. It is recommended that athletes receive a thorough assessment from a licensed health care provider trained in understanding… Read more »

Basketball Injuries Among Women – More Info from Sports Medicine Physician in Louisville, KY

Basketball players, especially females, often suffer from knee injuries like anterior cruciate ligament tears or ACL tears and meniscus injuries. Dr. Moira McCarthy and colleagues (2013) conducted an epidemiological study looking at the demographic data of female college basketball players. Research results showed that about 48% of the athletes suffered from an ankle sprain. 

Concussion Rates in High School Athletes vary by Gender and Sport – Learn More from Louisville Orthopedic Physician

Research by Marar and colleagues (2012) published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the incidence of concussions among athletes in 20 sports during the 2008 to 2010 time span. The research found that compared to other sports football players suffered the highest number of concussions.