Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 7:37 pm
Taking part in the ongoing effort for concussion prevention in sports, coaches, researchers, and medical professionals met at Atlanta’s Buckhead J.W. Marriott hotel last month for the 7th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion. This year’s summit, sponsored by Pop Warner football, focused on how to treat and prevent concussions in youth sports.
The summit came weeks after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law “return to play” legislation, which put in place mandatory screenings for concussed athletes before they can get back on the field. The new law found support among parents and coaches who have witnessed the adverse effects of concussion firsthand on cognitive ability and overall health.
Among other issues discussed at the conference were the results of a new study conducted by Tracey Covassin of Michigan State University that found that although girls on average suffer fewer concussions than boys, the effects of concussions on girls may last longer than the effects that boys experience. One suggested reason for this disparity is that boys usually have stronger necks and greater overall body mass compared to girls of the same age. While football remains the number one cause of sports-related concussions, girls’ soccer is the source for an incredibly high number of concussions.
Although legislation and summits like this one are a step forward in making sports safer, concussions and other injuries are still common problems across the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to the carelessness of another person or the malfunction of equipment, contact the Law Office of Bill Pelhan today at 717-392-6362 for the advice and attention of an experienced attorney.