Kids, Concussions and Sports: Ways to Prevent Them & Stop Lingering Symptoms

Kids, Concussions and Sports: Ways to Prevent Them & Stop Lingering Symptoms

Ways to Prevent Concussions in Kids

A recent USA Today story discussed the concerns parents, coaches and doctors have when it comes to youth sports and concussions.

The closer look has come as a backlash to shocking stories from the world of professional athletics. With reports of increased risk of suicides and an Alzheimer’s-like condition pegged to repeated concussions.

No one knows how many blows to the head it takes to cause these problems, but doctors say they’re generally more concerned about the second and third concussions than the first.

Studies have shown that it takes longer to recover from a second concussion if it follows soon after a first, and that once someone has one concussion they’re more likely to get more. But scientists aren’t yet certain that the second concussion is always worse; it’s possible that people who’ve had one are simply more likely to recognize and seek medical treatment when it happens again.

Avoiding concussions isn’t easy. Accidents will always happen.

But there are ways to minimize risk. Experts say that coaches need to teach kids how to minimize head-injury risks whenever possible — such as tackling in football — and then enforce the safety rules that are already on the books, says Dennis Cardone, a sports medicine specialist at NYU’s Comprehensive Concussion Center.

Neurosurgery professor Robert Cantu, of Boston University, says some sports need to change their practices to reduce concussion risk. He thinks children should not be allowed to head a soccer ball until at least age 14; ditto for playing tackle football.

Helmets are great at protecting against skull fractures and catastrophic head injuries, but no one has yet designed a helmet to prevent concussions, Cardone says.

What if your child has sustained concussions and is now suffering with symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, memory problems, sleeping difficulties or concentration issues?

Natural Treatment for Post Concussion Syndrome

The lingering effects of a concussion can turn into what’s called, post concussion syndrome. This is when the short-term, symptoms associated with a concussion linger for months or sometimes years.

Brain research utilizing upright MRIs and specialized software is beginning to reveal why the brain is responding this way to head and neck traumas.

When someone suffers a head or neck trauma a misalignment will occur in the upper neck area. This misalignment of the upper neck bones will lead to irritation and pressure building up in the blood vessels that feed and drain the brain.

The longer the misalignment is there the more damage is done to the brain. Cerebral spinal fluid flow will be affected, intracranial pressure will build up leading to ongoing brain damage.

Once this misalignment is corrected and proper blood, cerebral spinal fluid and nerve flow is restored the brain begins to heal very quickly.

If you have a history of concussion or head or neck trauma and are having lingering symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, sleep problems, memory issues or problems with concentration, now is the time to take action.

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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com

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