Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion by Rosemarie Scolaro MoserAhead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion by Rosemarie Scolaro Moser

Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports Concussion

byRosemarie Scolaro MoserOtherBill Pascrell

Paperback | June 12, 2012

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Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already had at least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple “bell-ringer,” and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to “walk off” a potentially devastating injury. Ahead of the Game is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink. A pioneer in youth concussion research since the 1990s, this leading brain-behavior expert, neuropsychologist, and sports mom, Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, has worked with thousands of youth athletes, as well as professional sports teams. Dr. Moser explains:

• Helmets and mouth guards, even when properly fitted, cannot prevent concussion
• Concussions may negatively affect a child’s GPA, school performance, and emotional behavior
• Girls are more vulnerable to concussion than boys
• State concussion laws may not be enough to keep kids safe

Ahead of the Game clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ—the brain—before an injury occurs.
ROSEMARIE SCOLARO MOSER, PhD. is a neuropsychologist, hockey mom, and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey. She is the official neuropsychologist for Philadelphia Soul Arena Football, Trenton Steel Arena Football, and Trenton Titans Professional Hockey.
Title:Ahead of the Game: The Parents' Guide to Youth Sports ConcussionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:June 12, 2012Publisher:Dartmouth College PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Test Your Concussion Knowledge
Ready, Set, Learn! Understanding the Young Brain
Is It Really a Concussion?
The Best Offense Is a Good Defense: Preseason Baseline Testing
Identifying and Treating Youth Concussion: An Eight-Step Plan to Get Back in the Game
When in Doubt, Sit Them Out: Making Responsible Return-to-Play Decisions
Drafting a Concussion Health Care Team
Changing the Game: Public Education, Advocacy, and the Brain Hygiene Model
Appendixes: Resources
Test Your Concussion Knowledge: Answers
Sports Concussion Card
State-by-State Guide to New and Pending Concussion Legislation
References
Index

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Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already had at least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple “bell-ringer,” and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to “walk off” a potentially devastating injury. Ahead of the Game is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink. A pioneer in youth concussion research since the 1990s, this leading brain-behavior expert, neuropsychologist, and sports mom, Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, has worked with thousands of youth athletes, as well as professional sports teams. Dr. Moser explains: • Helmets and mouth guards, even when properly fitted, cannot prevent concussion• Concussions may negatively affect a child’s GPA, school performance, and emotional behavior• Girls are more vulnerable to concussion than boys• State concussion laws may not be enough to keep kids safeAhead of the Game clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ—the brain—before an injury occurs.“Once the occurrence of concussions in sports was not considered serious. Within recent years the issue of youth sports-related concussions has become a hot-button topic as there has been very strong evidence in the medical community that concussions left undiagnosed and untreated could have a far-reaching impact on families. In Ahead of the Game, Dr. Moser successfully takes on the mission to educate and share her experience and knowledge as a neuropsychologist, researcher, and sports mom to help other parents understand the critical importance of keeping kids’ brains safe.” - Harry Carson, Pro Football Hall of Fame, former New York Giants NFL linebacker, and author of Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker