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Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents (Praeger Series on Contemporary Health & Living) Hardcover – April 19, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Series on Contemporary Health & Living
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313387303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313387302
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Book Description

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.


More About the Author

William P. Meehan III, MD, is Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic, and Director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Children's Hospital Boston. He graduated from Harvard Medical School where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Meehan is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and sports medicine. He conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of sports injuries and concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Football League, and the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. He is the 2012 winner of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's award for Best Overall Research. He has multiple medical and scientific publications and served as guest editor for the January 2011 issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine entitled, Concussion in Sports. He is author of the book Kids, Sports, and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bowzers of ONE on September 1, 2011
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I purchased this book after my daughter sustained a concussion playing hockey in March 2011. I am grateful for this resource as I have learned that concussions can happen at any time no matter what activity one participates in. The content is very enlightening and it is written at a level that non-medical individuals can understand. We have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Meehan and appreciate all the work he continues to do to spread awareness.
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I purchased and read this book after my 9 year old sustained a concussion and began treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital Sports Concussion Clinic. We already had the (as of 2014) definitive guide/white paper to treating concussion published in AAP's Pediatrics Journal titled Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents. Pediatrics. 2010;126(3):597-615. What an eye opener. I was further concerned that most of the parents I talked to (and myself) didn't have a clue as to the severity of head injuries in sports - actually saying things like "Boys will be boys" or "he just got his bell rung" - but that every parent I knew who was either a nurse or MD knew right away. How does a gulf like that remain?

This book was written by the physician who established a similar program at Children's Hospital in Boston, already a standout institution for pediatric care. While the print was dense - almost like scientific studies - the language used by Dr. Meehan is clear, detailed, and easy for parents to understand. It does an excellent job at bringing parents up to speed on what actually happens to a child when they sustain a concussion (to the extent that neurologists and other mds understand it), and why different parts of the treatment protocol matter. I have recommended it to all of the parents on my son's sports teams, and think it's essential reading for parents. Much more detail than the white paper, but not contradicting it, _Kids, Sports and Concussion_ should be mandatory reading for coaches. It's clear that we can't prevent all concussions - they happen inside and outside of sports - but we can take them seriously. When we do, and follow our child's symptoms and progress along with treatment protocols and smart play after clearance, we have the chance to watch our young athletes grow into strong adults - physically and cognitively.
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By Bibliophile on January 21, 2014
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Provides updated, relevant and important professional information. Absolutely essential for all ATC and personal trainers--you won't be disappointed at all.
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Provides updated, relevant and important professional information. Absolutely essential for all ATC and personal trainers--you won't be disappointed at all.
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HIghly recommend this book! concussions are serious and Post Concussion Syndrome can go on for months! If I had read this book I would have been aware of some of my son's earlier head injuries. It also taught me that I need to have patient as this is a long recovery process.
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