Can A Concussion Lead To An Ankle Sprain Or Knee Injury?

By now, most athletes understand that a concussion leads to changes in brain function. After a concussion an athlete may have symptoms such as headache and light sensitivity. Students may have difficulties with concentration in the classroom.

But what most athletes don’t know about is that a concussion also leads to changes in balance and peripheral vision. It turns out that those associated changes create an increased risk of injuries to the lower extremity, such as knee injuries or ankle sprains. In a recently published analysis, athletes with a concussion were 2x more likely to have a lower extremity injury in the weeks and months after a concussion.

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Five Player Safety Tips To Put In Place Now

Today’s post is directed towards coaches, but parents can benefit from these tips too. Maybe your sport is football, or soccer, or cross-country. Whatever it is, you’re thick in to your fall season, focusing on practices, competition and hopefully aiming for playoffs. In spite of everything you’re busy with there are still some important steps you can take now to make sure you’re performing at your best. I recently participated in a webinar with US Club Soccer, and adapted here for any sport are five areas to revisit now:

Monitor your players’ training loads
Be aware of weather safety, especially lightning and cold weather
Take 15 minutes to review your on-field injury recognition protocols
Make sure you’re up to speed on concussion evaluation
Use a good dynamic warmup, and if you’re a soccer team start using the FIFA 11+

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US Club Soccer Leading The Way In Player Health And Safety

In today’s post I’d like to highlight a webinar I participated in recently with US Club Soccer, which you can view here.  The focus of the webinar was on key aspects of player health and safety, from the perspective of immediate steps a team or coach can take while in-season. In the webinar, led by Ashley Lehr of US Club Soccer, we cover four areas. In coming weeks I’ll dig deeper into each of these areas in separate posts but here they are:

What can coaches do today to prevent injuries & keep players healthy?
What goals should a club have regarding the health and safety training for their coaches?
What advice would you give to a parent of a youth soccer player regarding being proactive or reactive to injuries and overall health? What could a parent encourage their child to do throughout the season?
What are some of the common misconceptions about player health at the different ages in youth soccer?

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Food For Thought From One Of The World’s Foremost Concussion Experts

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc In this past Sunday’s New York Times, Dr. Robert Cantu presented some of his views in an article titled ‘Preventing Sports Concussions Among Children‘. Dr. Cantu has spent a good portion of his 40-year professional life as a neurosurgeon championing the cause of concussion prevention, as…

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Simple Sideline Evaluation For Concussion

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc Today’s post will be simple and practical: how should a coach evaluate a young athlete for a possible concussion? The key word in that first sentence is ‘possible? meaning that a coach who is not medically trained should not make the definitive diagnosis of a concussion….

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The Concussion Series: Part 1, Concussion Research Library

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc As we gear up for fall and winter sports I’m going to take the next several weeks to briefly explore various topics related to concussion. Fall sports such as football and soccer, and winter sports such as hockey have higher rates of concussion than other sports…

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