After finishing the book, I was so impressed that I immediately e-mailed Dr. Meehan, who heads up the Sports Concussion Clinic at Children's Hospital Boston, drove into Boston to meet him in person. Kids, Sports and Concussion sets the gold standard for books on sports-related concussions.
• Details the scientific investigations that led to the current understanding of concussive brain injury
• Includes current and breaking research showing the immediate and long-term effects of concussion on a still-forming brain
• Explains how parents can recognize and cope with concussion, help their child recover, and know when it is safe for their child to resume playing sports
• Describes a plan for evaluating and managing an injured athlete as well as therapies that help the athlete recover more quickly
• Clarifies the confusing and often-contradictory messages parents and athletes receive from news stories, coaches, and other athletes
• A foreword from Lyle Micheli, MD, past president of the American College of Sports Medicine and author of The Sports Medicine Bible for Young AthleteS≪/i>, commenting on the significance of sport-related concussion in pediatric and adolescent sports
• A glossary
• A bibliography referencing key investigations in the scientific literature for readers seeking a more in-depth, scientific analysis
Increased media attention on sport-related concussion has generated concern among parents of young athletes, and with good reason. A concussion affects memory, concentration, reaction time, the ability to learn, and the ability to solve problems. Yet, despite this concern, there is still a lack of information regarding this injury and its potential long-term effects.