8/18/18

Welcome to On The Mind Weekly. This week, we’ll be talking about concussion frequency for high schoolers and misconceptions about concussion treatment.

The Washington Post – The Big Number: 2.5 million teens report having had a concussion in one year

According to a CDC report, 15% of student athletes surveyed experienced a concussion in the 2016-2017 athletic year. Most only reported one, but some reported experiencing four or more concussions within a 12-month period. In 40% of cases, the interviewed students said that their coaches were not aware of any concussion symptoms.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-big-number-25-million-teens-report-having-had-a-concussion-in-one-year/2018/08/10/9ee2a90e-9bdc-11e8-b60b-1c897f17e185_story.html?utm_term=.1c5971912288

Sports Illustrated – How NFL Players, like Ben Roethlisberger, Should Actively Treat Concussion Symptoms

There is a somewhat common misconception that the only way to treat a concussion is to rest. In reality, exercise and physical activity can be very helpful in treating a concussion, though concussions are too complex of an issue to demand only a single linear course of treatment. Concussions can vary in symptoms and effects, and it’s important to utilize treatment methods appropriate to the individual injury in question.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/08/16/nfl-concussion-protocol-ben-roethlisberger-espn-first-take

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