The news of the risks to high school football players of repeated impacts to the head has resulted in a 2.5 percent decline between 2008 and 2014 in the number of youth playing high school ball. Some schools have closed their programs due to lack of participants and some studies are showing that the number of young people playing the game is decreasing.
High schools also are upping the vigilance against concussion, yet efforts towards concussion prevention also are best when they are embraced by the entire community.
This means all of us. This means you.
Your community — parents, coaches, school administrators, and people who are “just” members of the community at large — should speak up to raise awareness on this issue because even young children who are nowhere near a football helmet or hockey puck are suffering playground-related brain injuries. (In fact, these types of injuries in the U.S. have risen significantly in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control.)
How You Can Help with Concussion Prevention
- If your child is involved with youth sports (particularly football and hockey – the sports which see the most concussions – although any sport can result in a head injury) you will want to meet with coaches to learn what they are doing to prevent concussions. This could range from teaching football players the right way to tackle, or doing away with tackle football (moving to touch football) until participants reach high school.Ask them if they are followingthe National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research’s four measures to prevent or reduce serious head injury. You can also volunteer to watch on the sidelines specifically for signs of head injuries.
- Look into holding programs that educate community members on the risks of concussion and prevention strategies. The Concussion Legacy Foundation offers training programs at different levels so that young players on up to high school principals and football coaches can learn more about concussion, its risks and how to prevent it.There’s even a program for high school and college coaches about how to adopt pro football teams’ ways of keeping full-contact away from practices (and only being used on game day)
- Hold Brain Injury Awareness Month activities at your school or within your community every March to raise your neighbors’ understanding of concussion.
Insist – as in INSIST – that Youth, High School and College Teams Wear Proper Headgear
Protective headgear for about any sport exists today: soccer, hockey, football, lacrosse, baseball, and even basketball. When it comes to football helmets, the widespread concern among parents, coaches and others has seen the rise of manufacturers working to create a football helmet that better protects against concussion. While many people feel there can never be a helmet that completely protects a head from concussion, it hasn’t stopped companies from trying and athletes’ heads benefit as a result.
Sport Shieldz’ protective caps do not prevent concussion, but they do give their wearer an important layer of protection, one that reduces the amount of G-force the head endures when it hits something, up to a 23 G reduction in peak shock. Our caps can be worn alone (not recommended for helmeted sports, of course!), and also worn under a helmet, increasing the protection a good helmet provides.
Contact us or give us a call at 866-211-0043 to learn more about our protective caps.