"Athletes, referees, administrators, parents, coaches and healthcare providers must be educated regarding the detection of concussion, its clinical features, assessment techniques and principles of safe return to play."
Excerpt from the Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012
Sports are a great way for children and youth to get exercise, make friends, and learn important life lessons. However, 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 – 19 occur in sport.
Concussion is an invisible brain injury that cannot be seen by an x-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Coaches, teachers, parents, teammates and medical professionals cannot diagnose concussed players just by looking at them. The Parachute Online Concussion course gives players, parents, and educators the tools and resources they need to prevent, recognize, and manage concussion.
Sport and recreation is a common source of concussion in children and youth. The decisions made following an incident that may have caused a concussion are important contributors to the successful recovery of a young player.
Parents play a key role in conveying the importance of playing fair and respecting rules, implementing safety policies in sport clubs/teams, and raising awareness about the injuries that can happen during sport. An understanding of injury prevention strategies will help parents educate their children, and those who work with their children, about how to prevent and manage concussions.
Contributing to living a long life that is free of injury, players must know how to stay safe during sport and physical activity. Being educated about concussion means being able to identify players with suspected concussion and supporting decisions that encourage complete recovery, such as removing injured players from the game or classroom.