Safeguarding Young Athletes From Concussions – What Parents Need To Know

It’s easy to see the danger of concussion – which is caused by a rapid acceleration of the head that causes the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull – in football and soccer, where head impacts have long been part of the game. But any sport, from swimming to cheerleading, can pose some risk. “Being a flyer in cheer is more dangerous than playing football,” says Dr. Robert Cantu, co-founder and medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a Boston-based not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers. There doesn’t even have to be a blow to the head: A youngster can give his brain a severe jolt just by slamming into a goal post with his chest and shoulder. Read More