The weather is getting cooler, and while usually that means we get excited at the increased chance that a fire will happen something else increases this time of year.
All over the country youth, middle, junior high, and high school athletics are in full effect, most specifically football, but there are other organized sports like soccer, fall baseball, lacrosse, rugby, etc.
If you have an athletic field, or school in your first in area you will be on the front lines of a sports injury, and these injuries based on the age of the patient, sport involved in, and location are usually always dynamic, and can be very difficult to deal with.
Both of my sons are highly athletic there is usually not a time of year they are not playing some sport. Right now for example my oldest is playing football, and travel baseball. My youngest is playing fall baseball. Usually the highest medically trained person there is an athletic trainer which while they have a significant knowledge base of broken bones, and injuries they lack in my opinion emergency medical care skills. My kids are lucky both their parents are medics so they travel with a medical team, others are not so lucky. Just the other day my wife was sharing with me her “concern” over the ability of the athletic trainer at my oldest son’s football game.
While we have to be on the ready for a multitude of injuries the big hot button topic are concussions. Concussions are tricky. There is no real way to truly diagnose them, and the treatment is usually rest, and then slow reintegration into normal activities. The recovery process is also usually dynamic as some take only weeks but others may take a year for symptoms to subside.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some great information and on-line training programs for Health Care Providers, and Coaches on concussion diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. I took both programs today (Health care and youth sports coach) and learned a lot, and feel already more ready to respond to a sports related injury and care for my own children and their teammates. Plus You get a certificate out of it.
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/index.html Heads Up Concussion Documents
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/clinicians/index.html On Line Training Program for Health Care Providers
http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/index.html On Line Training Program for Youth Sports Coaches
http://nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=38000 On Line Training Program for High School Coaches
As usual we are the first line of defense in this process, make sure we are advocates for our patients especially young children.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!