The word concussion was unheard of in youth sports a decade ago. The injury was indeed occurring, but youth athletes were often told to “shake it off” after “getting their bell rung”. Science and increased awareness about concussion and brain health have transformed the way parents, coaches, and players pursue athletics. Fear of incurring concussions, as well as incomplete or incorrect information, is leading some parents to keep their children out of contact sports, such as football and soccer, where concussion is more prevalent.
The book does not dwell on perpetuating fears but, rather, provides understanding of the condition. This is a discussion of what science and medicine know, what parents and coaches need to understand about concussion, evaluation and treatment and what possible post-concussive issues exist.
The expertise and experiences of the authors make this a timely, relevant, and real discussion about concussions in youth sports. Athletes and professional coaches who have participated in the formation of this book include two-time Olympic gold medalist soccer player Kate Markgraf, former NHL/Team Canada head coach Andy Murray, champion X-Games snowboarder Ellery Hollingsworth, along with parents, coaches and athletes from across the country.