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Concussions and Our Kids: America's Leading Expert on How to Protect Young Athletes and Keep Sports Safe Paperback – September 24, 2013
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A short time ago, Taylor Twellman, whose story was outlined in the book, came to speak to my daughter's soccer club. It was extremely eye-opening for many of us there to hear him, and I'm grateful for his honesty. We need to take this subject matter seriously and become well-informed. After that talk, however, I still had questions about how concussions work and what we parents should do about it. This book has addressed them all. Thank you particularly for the directive to trust our instincts when we observe subtle changes in their mood, behavior, etc.
Update:this book was so invaluable I purchased a copy for the high school sports coach.
This book is not geared to the professional caregiver or scientist, but directly to parents and people who work with kids in athletics, both formally organized or not. The first few chapters deal with some background info on concussions and how they are defined and occur. Next come stories and commentary that distinguishes the traditional collision sports (e.g., football, boxing) from those sports that are considered non-collision. Basically, a concussion is serious however it occurs. I was amazed for example to learn that synchronized swimming has a problem with concussions because of swimmers hitting one another while doing turns and such. Soccer is another sport that causes concussions. I didn't really think about that before. Some of the others mentioned are tennis, cheerleading, baseball, wrestling, skateboarding, and more. While not written for professionals, there are lots of nuggets of useful information here for professionals who speak to the public regarding concussions / TBI. These nuggets of information are also here to educate kids, parents, coaches, trainers, etc.
The next two chapters go into more detail about the brain injury itself and the end result. These are not overly technical, and are perfectly suited for the intended reader.
Next come chapters on Myths, Moms and Dads, and After Concussions. The Myths chapter is nicely laid out with subheadings listing a myth and then the explanation behind it.Read more ›
It is full of examples of athletes and their parents who have done things right and even those who did things wrong. It is definitely not overly technical. It is also not over alarming or protective. I feel it could or even should cause a greater concern about the long term risks of multiple concussions. It does not dwell on the risk of long term symptoms from multiple concussions. It is lacking some of the early research into concussions, especially from heading the ball in soccer. It also fails to elaborate on Sub-Concussive Impacts that have been studied extensively at UNC-Chapel Hill. But, it is a great start. If parents and athletes will read it, it will save athletes from misery and even death.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative and the medical stuff is in plain English. I got this book for my legal writing paper for law school. I'm writing about Concussion Liability in Youth Soccer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica Marshall
Horribly written book, I will not sign my kid up for coffee table to football but just wanted more information on symptoms, etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jose Rodrigo
Odds are pretty fair that if there is an adult male in the household, a TV set is often tuned to football during certain parts of the year. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James Banzer
This was a very eye opening book. I will use what I have learned with my students at school and to help inform parents.Published 11 months ago by Kimberly J Lahner
Great book. Very informative. And useful. Helpful for anyone who needs knowledge about concussions and how to help those who have onePublished 18 months ago by Flickster
DR Cantu has some interesting points. In the interest of safety for our kids, every coach should read this no matter the sport.Published on April 25, 2014 by Malcolm Jones
If you have kids playing sports-read this book! The reality is you really don't know anything about concussions-read this book and learn so you can protect your child so s/he can... Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Jacqueline Gross Kellogg
If you have a child or are a healthcare provider seeking to increase your awareness of concussion/post-concussive syndrome, Dr. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by 1busymom