Youth Sports: The Effects Of Concussions In Sports

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The effects of concussions have been felt by all levels of athletics in recent years. Although athletes have been aware of concussions since the 1930s, only recently have there been discoveries on the severity they can have on athletes. It is now known that several concussions can cause serious mental issues such as dementia and they can even cause death. From youth leagues all the way up to the pro game, sports are trying to adapt the game in order to reduce the frequency of concussions. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that temporarily alters the way the brain functions. The more concussions someone receives, the more likely that it will lead to long term consequences. About 10 percent of athletes in the United States will get a concussion…show more content…
Professional leagues will do anything to make the game safer. This is more challenging in youth sports because most programs don’t have the money or resources to get the most technologically advanced equipment. Youth programs have to focus on other areas. Teaching proper technique is the main way youth sports can prevent concussions. For example, knowing how to properly perform a tackle in football is a major factor in avoiding concussions and injuries in general. Another prevention method is to make sure all the equipment fits properly. If a helmet is too loose or too tight the chances of a head injury are higher. A proper fitting helmet is a simple way to prevent concussions. Playing by the rules is another way to keep head injuries low. If players are hitting each other illegally, then the chances of injury go up. If everyone plays within the rules the game will be safer. A way to prevent several concussions from happening to the same child is to allow one concussion to fully heal before they return to play. If they rush back to play, they are only increasing their chances of another injury and long-term brain…show more content…
The sports are all in the process of becoming safer. Even with the new safety precautions, participation in youth sports has declined recently. Many parents aren’t allowing their kids to play certain sports. Football is the sport in which participation has gone down the most. Participation in high school football has decreased by 2.4 percent in the past five years. Participation in youth contact football decreased by 10 percent between 2010 and 2012. Dyan Hes, a pediatrician and mother who won’t let her child play football said, “My biggest fear is that he will get a concussion, and it will interfere with his brain development, his studies, and his enjoyment of other sports.” More and more parents are starting to follow this logic. They fear the risk of a head injury more than they want their kids to play certain sports. Parents don’t think the long-term risk of brain injury is worth playing a youth
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