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In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Report to Congress: The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children. The 90-page report describes the public health burden of TBI in children and adolescents, including the range of outcomes that may be experienced following a TBI, lays out the current systems involved in the management of children with TBI, identifies gaps that exist, and outlines some practices that hold promise in addressing those gaps. Finally, opportunities for action are offered that suggest ways to improve TBI care in children, and how we might advance our understanding of TBI care in the future.

CDC Report to Congress on TBI in Children

As the Executive Director of MomsTEAM Institute of Youth Sports Safety, I was honored to be among the select group of external reviewers the CDC asked to provide feedback on the proposed report content and review drafts. The final report is culmination of that collaborative, three-year effort for which the distinguished authors and my fellow reviewers can be justifiably proud and stands as a stellar example of what can be accomplished when the public and private sector work together.

Our understanding of TBI has come a long way since MomsTEAM launched its pioneering Concussion Safety Center in 2001. But the work of educating sports stakeholders about the management of TBI in children and adolescents, and ways to minimize the risk of brain injury in sports is, by its very nature, a never-ending and ongoing process.

I am immensely proud that, for the past twenty years, grants from organizations such as the NCAA and DoD, and contributions from corporate underwriters and individuals, have allowed MomsTEAM to provide comprehensive head injury safety information to sports parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and athletes on our legacy website, MomsTEAM.com, and via our SmartTeams Head Injury Safety Center, completely free of charge.

And, now a request; a tax-deductible contribution to MomsTEAM in any amount will help us to continue to be a leader in head injury safety education. In return for a generous contribution corporate donors will receive a banner ad placement on an article of their choice on MomsTEAM and inclusion as an underwriter on SmartTeams. 

Won't you consider making a donation today? Thanks in advance for your help in keeping kids safe.