It’s Back-to-School time, which also means the little ones are going to be getting back out there on the field in Phoenix for team sports such as football. And, with getting back into gear and with the team comes the fear of injury. As a parent of a young football player, I can tell you first hand how scary it is when you hear the tackle reverberating in your own ears, and instantly the thought of concussion races through your head.
Much has been made of the impact playing football has on the brain lately. This is, in part, due to the number of professional football players found to be acting irrationally – and in some instances, violently, a move that many doctors believe is due to the number of concussions sustained over the course of their careers. However, the hits start long before a player’s professional career and millions of dollars ensue. It often begins in high school, where concussions from hits can have a devastating effect on a young brain. Visiting a Phoenix doctor is a great first step to address a concussion after sustaining a hit; however, education on concussions and who is affected and how are also important educational tools to prevent lasting injury from these types of head-related injuries.