Concussion concerns: Should young children play contact sports?

Concussion concerns: Should young children play contact sports?


CAN ALSO HAPPEN IN SOCCER… LACROSSE… BASEBALL… rtBASKETBALL… ALL PUT PLAYERS AT RISK. SOT “HEADACHE, NAUSEA, VOMITING, CONFUSION – WHAT WE HEAR rtFROM A LOT OF PLAYERS IS “I JUST DON’T FEEL RIGHT”. DOCTOR ERIC SHERBURNE HEADS THE O-U PHYSICIANS CONCUSSION CLINIC IN rt
TULSA. DOCTOR ERIC SHERBURNE HEADS THE O-U PHYSICIANS CONCUSSION CLrtINIC IN TULSA. HE ALSO ADVISES THE TENNESSEE TITANS PRO FOOTBALL TEAM… AND SEES THE RISK FIRST- HAND. SOT “EVERY PLAYER – FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, EVEN YOUNGER – WILL LIE TO YOU. THEY WILL LOOK YOU STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND LIE ABOUT THEIR SYMPTOMS.” A DOCTOR TRAINED IN CONCUSSIONS CrtAN CONFIRM THE DIAGNOSIS AND OFFER NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS. DOCTOR SHERBURNE RECrtOMMENDS RESTING THE BRAIN AND BODY FOR 48-HOURS AFTER A CONCUSSION… BUT STUDIES SHOW CHILDREN BECOME ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED WHEN THEY CAN’T BE ACrtTIVE.. SO KIDS SHOULD EASE BACK INTO EXERCISE. SOT “IF THEY WANT TO GO FOR A BRISK WALK, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, ITS FINE. AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T MAKE THEIR SYMPTOMS WORSE.” KAREN STANDUP HE SAYS THE rt KEY IS TO BE PATIENT… AND REALIZE THE AVERAGE CONCUSSION HEALS IN 7-14 DAYS GOING BACK TOO SOON PUTS YOUNG ATHLETES AT GREATER RISK OF A SErtCOND – MORE DANGEROUS – EVEN DEADLY – CONCUSSION. SOT “AND THAT CAN ALL BE PREVENTED JUST BY EDUCATING rtTHE ATHLETE, THE PARENTS, THE TEACHERS, THE COACHES – THAT THIS ATHLETE DOES NOT RETURN TO PLAY UNTIL THEY ARE SYMPTrtOM FREE. PERIOD.” HE SAYS TEAM SPORTS ARE SEEING A 25- PERCENT DROP IN SIGNUPS… rtA DROP THIS DOCTOR CALLS DISAPPOINTING SINCE THERE ARE REAL BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN. SOT “I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I’LL DO WITH MY OWN SON WHO’S IN THIRDrt GRADE – IS ONCE HE GETS TO 7TH OR 8TH GRADE, IF HE WANTS TO START PLAYING TACKLE FOOTBALL, I WOULD LET HIM.” KAREN rtLARSEN, 2 WORKS FOR YOU. PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO WANT TO LEARN MORErt ABOUT CONCUSSIONS – CAN ATTEND THE SEMINARS THAT O-U TULSA IS OFFERING FOR FREE. ONE IS TONIGHT AT SIX AT THE HARDESTY LIBRARY AT 93RD AND MEMORIAL. TOMORROW – “DR. SHERBURNE” WILL BE AT rtHOLLAND HALL AT 6:30. TOSS TO MIKE

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