Head-Injuries-Sports Imperative-NYT-2009

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Sports Imperative: Protecting Young Brains By JANE E. BRODY Published: August 24, 2009 Attention players, parents, coaches, trainers and doctors. The injury experts have a message. You’ve probably heard it before, but the moment is right to hear it again: If young athletes want to preserve their brains after a head injury , however minor, the typical jock advice to suck it up and get back in the game is not only bad, it’s potentially life- threatening. Now, before the playing season starts, is the time for baseline testing of athletes involved in sports where head hits are common. With pre-injury results in hand, coaches and doctors are far better able to determine whether a concussion has occurred and if and when the brain has recovered. It is also time to abandon the notion that a seemingly minor hit that causes a player to see stars or become briefly disoriented is “just a ding.” It is not “just” anything — it’s a mild concussion that must be taken seriously. “If in doubt, sit them out” is the strong recommendation of Dr. Robert C. Cantu, one of the nation’s leading experts on sports- related concussions and their consequences. Dr. Cantu, a co- author of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association position paper on managing sport-related concussion, emphasized in an interview, “No athlete should be physically exerting himself if he has any concussion-related symptom.” Lasting Consequences Last year, The New York Times published 15 articles on the occasionally devastating results of repeated concussions. The cases involved high school and college students as well as professional athletes. Nearly all had returned to play before they had fully recovered from a direct or indirect blow to the
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