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Posts Tagged ‘athlete’

Concussions: Boys and Girls May Have Different Symptoms

Friday, December 10th, 2010

A new study of high school athletes, finds that boys and girls who suffer concussions, may differ in their symptoms. (more…)

Concussions: A Life Lesson

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

As you know, I have written many times and done numerous radio segments on the topic of concussions.  In the past several years there has been more attention paid to the risks of long term brain injury secondary to concussions and the medical literature continues to update guidelines for screening and treatment of concussions. (more…)


Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

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Concussions can happen to any type of athlete, both on the field and on the sidelines, regardless of sex. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head that can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works.

“It accounts for about six percent of all sports related injuries in kids ages five to 18,” says pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard.

Concussions don’t always involve a loss of consciousness. In fact, most people who have concussions never black out. Many people have had concussions and not realized it. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not appear immediately. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer. The two most common concussion symptoms are confusion and amnesia. Other immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech

“We’re looking for amnesia, we’re looking for confusion, it’s not always the kids who looses consciousness or comes over to the sidelines and starts vomiting, it’s a lot about neurocognitive function, which is hard to asses sometimes,” emphasizes Dr. Hubbard.

A doctor should see any child who has lost consciousness after a blow to the head.

Rest is the best recovery technique. Healing takes time. For headaches, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used. Avoid aspirin, as it can increase the risk of bleeding.

“You can not return to play the next day if you have had a concussion,” says Dr. Hubbard. “It usually takes seven to 10 days for a mild concussion to resolve and usually requires no further intervention.”

More Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Teaching Good Sportsmanship

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008


The Olympics in Beijing helped put sports and sportsmanship back into the spotlight. Millions of parents and their children witnessed the best of the best unified as a team and fierce competitors when going solo.

For some parents shuttling their kids to practice, games, and competitions winning is everything…but the old adage “It’s how you play the game” is very critical to a child’s success. (more…)

The Difference Between Energy & Sports Drinks

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008


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Recently children across the country headed back to school and to sports practices. With football and band practices already underway, many kids are going to be thirsty and looking for an energy boost. Because of that, parents need to take a few minutes to educate themselves and their children about the differences between a sports drink and an energy drink. (more…)


Monday, September 15th, 2008

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Hydration & Kids

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

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Energy Drinks

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Just about every store you go into these days has a shelf of energy drinks, many of them marketed towards our teenage children. “Many are marketed as energy drinks but should be called stimulant drinks” says pediatrician Dr. Sue Hubbard. Many of these drinks contain large amounts of caffeine.” (more…)