Prepare for Concussion Risk in Winter Sports:
SATURDAY, Jan. 22 (HealthDay News) -- People involved in winter
sports such as hockey, downhill skiing and snowboarding are at risk
for concussion, so they need to know about prevention and what to
do if they suffer an injury.
Here are some tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
- Wear approved, properly fitted, and well-maintained protective
equipment, such as helmets.
- Know the symptoms and danger signs of a concussion, as well as
the potential long-term consequences.
- If you are a parent or coach, carry the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's four-step concussion action plan
with you on the ice and on the slopes. Among other things, the plan
will remind you to remove any young athletes with a concussion from
play, have them evaluated by a medical professional right away,
inform their parents about the concussion, and keep them out of
play until a medical professional says it's all right for them to
return to the slopes or hockey field.
- Order a poster developed by the CDC, the National Football
League, USA Hockey, the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association, and
12 other national governing bodies for sports. Display the poster
in team locker rooms, gymnasiums, schools, ice rinks, and
competition and tournament sites.
A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head,
or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move
rapidly back and forth. Most people with a concussion recover
quickly and fully, while other will have symptoms that last for
days or weeks. The effects of more serious concussions can last for
months or a lifetime, according to experts.
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has more about
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