Don’t Risk a Concussions by Foregoing Protective Gear
It doesn’t matter if it’s a contact or collision sport, child athletes are being subjected to increased risk of concussion. Concussions have become a frequently occurring issue for parents with children in sports or activities. It’s estimated that over 500,000 concussions occurred to children last year. 70% of these concussions go unreported and untreated and 30% occur during practice. The days of holding up a couple fingers as adequate testing measures are gone. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and must be handled appropriately to best protect your child.
To this point, all efforts have been focused on “post”-concussion treatment with no energy or time invested very little on comprehensive “pre”-concussion testing. The Impact and BESS testing methods (No GOLD standards with Current Testing Models) are frequently inaccurate and these same testing procedures themselves can pose increased risk of additional brain injury to these athletes who have experienced a concussion. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) published a statement paper on concussions, stating emphatically, three areas must be considered in concussion testing: balance, reaction time and symptom tracking. The full paper can be seen here, NATA Concussion Statement. In order to determine if your child is ready to return to play (RTP), the existing methods are INADEQUATE because there are no baselines and all of the areas are not assessed.
Thanks to a recently FDA approved technology, comprehensive pre-concussion baseline testing which addresses these three areas of concern is now available AND AFFORDABLE and provides invaluable and detailed PRE-INJURY baselines for each and every child, no more guessing about what’s best for your child. If and when your child is injured, this comprehensive PRE-concussion baseline testing is CRUCIAL, for evaluating your child’s readiness to return to play. Act before there is a problem, be proactive and protect your child athlete.
Returning a child to play too soon can result in Second Concussion Syndrome, 50% of the time SCS is fatal and 15 children died in 2015 as a result of being sent back to play to early. Improving your child’s chances at avoiding a serious, life threatening or life altering injury is a “no brainer.” If you want NFL results, ImPACT and BESS testing are fine. BUT, if you want to protect your child and their future, the most-up-to-date methods need to be implemented NOW to protect your children. Being proactive instead of reactive can change your child’s life.
This program is the new GOLD STANDARD for concussion management and has been approved in the US, Canada and 28 European countries. Remove the ambiguity, remove the doubt, be smart, be safe, be proactive and preveventive!
Don’t Miss Out on Your Chance to Protect Your Child and Their Future before it’s too late. Get them tested today.
Call to schedule your child’s pre-concussion baseline test today, 773.852.3335.