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Concussion Safety: Past, Present and Future

The other day I was asked in a radio interview what I thought were the biggest recent developments in concussion safety, and what I saw happening in the near future to protect our kids from the dangers of brain injury in contact and collision sports.  Here are the five developments that I view as the most significant, and a seven-point "wish list" for what I hope to see in the not too distant future to make such sports even safer:

The other day I was asked in a radio interview what I thought were biggest recent developments in concussion safety, and what I saw happening in the near future to protect our kids from the dangers of brain injury in contact and collision sports.  Here are the five developments that I view as the most significant, and a seven-point "wish list" for what I hope to see in the not too distant future to make such sports even safer:

Impact Indicator: New Tool in Concussion Toolbox

If you are anything like me, worrying about your kids' safety is woven deeply into the fabric of your DNA.  As the mom of  a football player, I know football moms are no exception. No matter how strong we may appear to be on the outside, worry is our constant companion, especially when it comes to injuries, like concussions.

So what's a mom to do? Live with it in anguish? Or do something about it?

More and more moms are choosing, like I have been for more than a decade, to be pro-active about their kids' safety in sports, and, in doing so are turning to an unlikely source - technology - to ease their fears.

More and more moms are choosing, like I have been for more than a decade, to be pro-active about their kids' safety in sports, and, in doing so are turning to an unlikely source - technology - to ease their fears.  One of the new products on the market, to which MomsTeam is proud to give its Seal of Approval. is the Impact Indicator from Battle Sports Science.

When Bob Cantu Says No Collision Sports Before Age 14, Parents Need to Listen

The blockbuster announcement came across my desk two days ago, but it took me a while to process its full significance.  In fact, it may take me a while longer to fully appreciate all of its implications for youth sports.

Dr. Bob Cantu, MomsTeam's first concussion expert from 2000-2008, and someone I have known and respected for more than a decade, is recommending that kids under the age of 14 not participate in collision sports as currently played.  Youth football players stretching

The blockbuster announcement came across my desk two days ago, but it took me a while to process its full significance.  In fact, it may take me a while longer to fully appreciate all of its implications for youth sports. Dr. Bob Cantu, MomsTeam's first concussion expert, and someone I have known and respected for more than a decade, is recommending that kids under the age of 14 not participate in collision sports as currently played. 

Chris Nowinski: The Amazing Journey of a Concussion Evangelist

When I ate dinner recently with my friend Chris Nowinski, President of the Sports Legacy Institute, I did so with the pride of knowing that the early support I gave him helped make his career in concussion education and research possible.

Talking Concussions with Gay Culverhouse

There has been a flurry of books in recent years about concussions in sports, an issue MomsTeam and I began covering in depth back in 2001, way before the crisis grabbed the attention of the media, politicians and the sports establishment. So, when I received a review copy of Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis from Pee Wee Football to the NFL by Gay Culverhouse, I was a bit skeptical that it could add anything new to the discussion. Throwaway Players

I couldn't have been more wrong! I loved this book!

Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis from Pee Wee Football to the NFL by Gay Culverhouse offers an oftentimes painfully honest, up-close-and-personal glimpse into a world of concussions.

MomsTeam Turns Eleven

Founder Brooke de Lench talks about the eleventh anniversary of the launching of MomsTeam in August 2011 and being the leader in concussion education for sports parents.

Prevent Heat Illness By Empowering Parents, Expert Says

With fall sports beginning around the country, it is critically important for parents to be pro-active when it comes to preventing heat illness.  "Parents need to be empowered to question coaches," says Dr. Susan Yeargin.  "Coaches are often viewed as 'knowing best.' But that isn't always the case."

My Son’s Coach Is Making Him Wear Pads In 100 Degree Heat — What Can I Do?

I have really been feeling the heat lately, both literally and figuratively.

It began when I travelled to the steambath that was Williamsburg, Virginia last weekend to give two talks to over 1,000 parents of some of the most elite high school football players in the nation attending a four-day training camp, and the heat didn't let up when I returned to my office this week.

I have really been feeling the heat lately, both literally and figuratively. t began when I travelled to the steambath that was Williamsburg,
Virginia to give two talks to over 1,000 parents of some of
the most elite high school football players in the nation attending a
four-day training camp, and the heat didn't let up when I returned to my
office.

Kids, Sports, and Concussion: An Indispensible Resource For Parents and Coaches

Kids, Sports and Concussions sets the gold standard for books on sports-related concussions. It covers everything a sports parent and coach needs to know about concussions - and more, says MomsTeam founder and publisher, Brooke de Lench.
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