Kings Hammer Healthy Habits: Concussion Awareness

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The sixth and final episode of this years Kings Hammer Healthy Habits presented by OrthoCincy is now available! In this episode Dr. Timothy Burns of OrthoCincy discusses concussions and the process of returning to play following a traumatic brain injury. 

For more information on the topic of concussions and the return to play process, check out the following provided by the experts at OrthoCincy: 

Q1: Can you define what a concussion is and explain how it qualifies as a traumatic brain injury in the context of soccer? 

A: A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury resulting from forceful impacts to the head. In soccer, common scenarios include collisions with other players, heading the ball, or falls that can lead to head injuries. 

Q2: In what ways can neck strengthening exercises be incorporated into training programs to reduce the risk of concussions in soccer players? 

A: Incorporating neck strengthening exercises into training programs is vital. Stronger neck muscles can help absorb impact forces, reducing the risk of concussions in soccer players. 

Q3: Why is it crucial for players to follow established return-to-play protocols after a concussion, and who should be responsible for clearing them? 

A: Following established return-to-play protocols after a concussion is crucial. Players should only return to the field after being cleared by a healthcare professional with expertise in concussion management. 

Q4: As an orthopedic physician, how would you emphasize the importance of educating coaches and parents about concussions, including recognizing symptoms and understanding the recovery process? 

A: Educating coaches and parents is crucial for recognizing symptoms and understanding the recovery process. This knowledge empowers them to actively contribute to a safe soccer environment. Monitoring for potential long-term effects is a critical aspect of comprehensive concussion care. Even after the initial recovery period, ongoing assessments are essential to ensure the well-being of soccer players. Concussions, if not managed appropriately, may lead to persistent symptoms or, in rare cases, long-term complications. 

Q5: How do you recommend monitoring soccer players for potential long-term effects of concussions, and what signs should they be alert to? 

A: Monitoring for potential long-term effects involves ongoing assessments and encouraging players to report any lingering symptoms. Regular check-ups with healthcare professionals contribute to comprehensive care.