Austin-Area Sports Medicine Team Provides Concussion-Related “Youth Sports Safety Month” Tips

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Dr. Martha Pyron of Medicine in Motion talks about the dangers of concussions in youth and the related steps to ensure children’s safety and long-term well-being.

Austin-area sports medicine

Austin-area sports medicine

Compared to an adult suffering a similar injury, youth are more likely to sustain a concussion and are more likely to have the concussion last longer.

Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. For April’s Youth Sports Safety Month, Medicine in Motion is promoting the importance of youth sports safety by highlighting concussion awareness.

Statistics from the CDC show that between 1.6 million and 3.8 million brain injuries occur in sports each year. From those millions, over 60,000 occur in high school athletes alone. Thanks to forward movements in neuroscience, sports medicine doctors and researchers are discovering new ways to protect the brain.

“The diagnosis of an acute concussion usually involves the assessment of clinical symptoms, physical signs, behavior, balance, sleep and cognition,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin-area sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “Our team takes the same approach as professional sports physicians. We use physical and computerized testing to check for more serious injury, detect when an athlete is suffering from a concussion, and determine when the concussion has resolved, so we can give them the thumbs up to safely return to play.”

When a student or child is participating in sports, particularly those with a higher concussion incidence like American football or soccer, parents and organizers should be aware of the potential dangers and how to treat the symptoms. Here are a few concussion facts and tips:

1. Compared to an adult suffering a similar injury, youth are more likely to sustain a concussion and are more likely to have the concussion last longer.

2. Multiple concussions can lead to permanent learning difficulties, so keep track of how many head injuries are occurring and seek advice from a health care professional if a youth has had three or more head injuries.

3. Concussions, when treated properly, usually completely resolve and should not cause any future difficulties, so seek treatment for a concussion in the athlete if one occurs.

4. The best way to manage concussions is to conduct a baseline test prior to the sports season starting. Then if there is a head injury, repeat the test for comparison. By having a comparison between the athlete’s brain functioning before and after the concussion, the clinician is able to make a better evaluation.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office's goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

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