Stories about: football

Concussions: Treatment and return-to-play guidelines

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The end of summer and beginning of fall marks a time when physicians and athletic trainers begin to see a rise in concussions from athletes competing in both soccer and football. Though the football-concussion link is well-known, soccer also carries a significant risk for athletes.

In soccer, concussions are often the result of head-to-head contact or head-to-ground contact after an awkward fall. With players constantly leaping into the air to compete for lofted balls, it’s not surprising that these types of concussions regularly occur. Michael O’Brien, MD, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, details the updated protocols for return to play after concussion and what physicians and trainers should be aware of during the soccer season.

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Update on concussion return to play guidelines: Q&A with a sports medicine physician

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The 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport was recently held in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the conference was to bring together physicians and researchers from around the globe in order to enhance understanding of sport-related concussions and how they’re treated.

One of the accomplishments of the conference was a shift in the international concussion return to play guidelines. The shift was based on scientific consensus from multiple institutions.

William Meehan, MD, of Boston Children’s Division of Sports Medicine explains the changes and how Boston Children’s helped make these advancements possible.

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Athletes and heat stroke: Prevention and treatment

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In the midst of some of the hottest months of summer, young athletes are just beginning practice sessions for fall sports. During this time, it’s important for athletes, coaches and trainers to be adequately prepared for the heat — and for physicians to be prepared to treat heat illnesses.

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Five tips for keeping youth football players safer

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Do you have patients who play youth football? Then likely as not you’ve heard them or their parents talk about that one hard hit that “rung their bell,” as well as the calls to take tackling out of youth football altogether because of the risks of catastrophic neck and head injuries.

A recent AAP statement dives into the risks related to tackling in youth football, and offers guidance for keeping  play on the gridiron as safe as possible without fundamentally changing the game.

On our sister blog Thriving, AAP statement co-author William Meehan, MD, of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Division of Sports Medicine offers five recommendations to help keep youth players safe and healthy and minimize their risk for head and neck injuries.

Check it out Meehan’s recommendations for keep youth football players safe.