CQ (10/12, McGlade, Subscription Publication) reported on new laws across the country “that crack down on concussion awareness and treatment” in youth sports. The laws, passed in about 30 states and DC over the last three years, govern “what protocols must be followed when a player receives a blow to the head and what education grown ups must get to better be able to spot and prevent such injuries.” The article notes that most laws are based upon the one Washington state passed in 2009.
Poll Shows Parents Often Don’t Seek Treatment For Concussions In Children. HealthDay (10/12) reported, “only half of US adults who thought they or their children might have a concussion sought medical treatment,” according to a new survey from the American Osteopathic Association. According to the article, this finding “suggests many people do not understand the seriousness of a potential concussion.”
Study Finds Concussion Treatment Standards For College Athletics “Inconsistent.” HealthDay (10/15) reported on new research which found that “standards used to diagnose concussion in college athletes are inconsistent and require clearer definitions and better tools to make the diagnosis.” The five-year study, published Oct. 2 in the Journal of Neurosurgery, “included 450 male and female athletes who played on football and hockey teams at three major US universities: Brown University, Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech.”
— “Parents May Be Taking Concussion Symptoms Too Lightly: Survey, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, October 12, 2012.