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Review | Sports Concussions: What Every Parent and Athlete Should Know

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“Sports Concussions: What Every Parent and Athlete Should Know” has been written to help parents, coaches, and athletes gain the most current understanding of concussion, including methods of diagnosis, available treatments, and research advances under study. Most importantly, this book is designed to alert parents to the dangers of concussion and repeat concussion, what critically important steps to take in the event of concussion, which medical specialists provide the optimum care for concussion patients, how-when-and-IF the athlete should return to play, and when an athlete should stop playing contact sports.

Data show that children between 5 -18 years of age have the highest rates of sports/recreation-related concussion. Contrary to popular belief, most concussion patients do not lose consciousness and concussion does not always involve a direct blow to the head. Diagnosing concussion can be difficult. Currently, there is no specific test that can diagnose or rule out concussion definitively. In fact, MRI and CT scans typically show normal results.

As parents and coaches, knowing what to do and what not to do can be equally important when an athlete experiences concussion. Qualified health care providers are not always present at a competitive event and knowledgeable parents and coaches can play an important role in assuring the injured athlete receives appropriate care. Thus, it is important for parents and coaches to know the symptoms and signs of acute concussion to know what to do next.

This book provides a comprehensive understanding of concussion and its consequences and gives readers the tools and knowledge to act appropriately and responsibly when faced with a concussion-injured student athlete. Readers will learn that anyone who experiences a concussion should be removed from play immediately and not permitted to return to play or practice that day under any circumstances.

From Goodreads


“Contrary to popular belief, most concussion patients do not lose consciousness. Typically, concussion patients exhibit immediate impaired neurological function (e.g., disorientation, confusion) that diminishes and/or disappears spontaneously, although in some patients this impairment is not immediate and can develop over a period of hours. In 80% to 90% of the cases, signs and symptoms of concussion usually disappear after 7 – 10 days but can last longer in children and adolescents.”

Hott Review:

As my frequent readers know, we’re a sports family. Hubby is not only a coach for several teams he’s the go-to man for FCA in our area. In the past two years, we’ve seen so many students with concussions. This is a very scary and unknown problem that needs to be brought to light. (One of the kids was released from the hospital because he wasn’t actually “out” for more than 5 minutes & months later still has issues stemming from that concussion!)

What I liked:The book “Sports Concussions: What Every Parent and Athlete Should Know” is very helpful. I’ve taken tons of courses so that I’m prepared and can “assess” whether a player has a concussion but until I read this book, wasn’t completely positive what to look for or how to react. Written in real words and featuring great insights this book gives you the information you need and the statistics to back up the info.

Don’t miss this great reference book!

What I didn’t like: While reading sometimes the statistics and medical terminology was a bit overwhelming.


Author: Kenneth O. Cayce IV MD & Janet L. Tremaine ELS
Source: Publish Green via Netgalley
Grade: B+
This Counts for these Challenges: 2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 NetGalley Reading Challenge, 2015 Full House Reading Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

About our Authors:

Kenneth O. Cayce IV, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in sports medicine. His interests include the medical aspects of sports medicine, including the treatment of concussions, infections and orthopedic conditions in athletes. Dr. Cayce is the co-author of a chapter on the pre-participation exam, has published an article on anterior cruciate ligament injuries in Contemporary Pediatrics, and has co-authored a chapter on infections in Orthopedic Knowledge Update. Dr. Cayce has provided primary care sports medicine physician coverage for Division I and Division II, as well as NAIA collegiate events. In addition to collegiate and high school coverage, Dr. Cayce has experience in professional and Olympic coverage events, including football, baseball, triathlons, mixed martial arts, and marathons. Dr. Cayce is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Websites & Links: author's website

Janet L. Tremaine, ELS is a board-certified medical editor and owner of Tremaine Medical Communications, Inc. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she began her career at The Ohio State University Hospitals in the renal transplantation division and later directed the publication program in the Hospital’s Department of Public Affairs. Since starting Tremaine Medical Communications, she has been a consultant with Residency programs and has edited and written hundreds of clinical and research articles and book chapters in consultation with physicians and researchers throughout the United States and Europe. She achieved certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences awarded by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences in 1994. With a primary interest in surgical and orthopedic disciplines, her articles have appeared in more than 40 peer-reviewed medical journals.

Websites & Links: author's website

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