Recent Sports-related concussions among children have lawmakers calling for nationwide protocols governing these types of injuries. Lawmakers announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agreed to study and develop national guidelines for managing sports-related concussions for student athletes.
The lawmakers and the CDC have stressed that every concussion is brain damage and that students that suffer these types of injuries and return to the sport too soon can result with serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The CDC says that the guideline initiative will work to improve diagnosis and management of brain injuries in younger children and teens who are injured on or off the field.
Concussions are dangerous because they can affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and muscle coordination and these symptoms can become increasingly worse if not treated properly. For years now, the CDC has been working on this issue and to develop materials for coaches on steps to take if they think an athlete has suffered a concussion. The CDC has now put together an expert panel to discuss pediatric guidelines for doctors to best diagnose and treat concussions not only in sports but also in car accidents, falls, and other common causes.
This is a step in the right direction towards establishing guidelines to help protect kids in sports. Concussions are serious injuries and there is a need for common protocols for diagnosing and treating these types of injuries.
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