A new CDC Report “Concussion at Play: Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion” emphasis the need for a strong focus on health and safety in sports to keep young athletes safe.
We need to build a culture in sports where athletes take steps to lower their chances of getting a concussion and recognize and report concussion symptoms so that they can seek care and take time to recover. This involves moving beyond general knowledge of concussion and changing the way we talk about and respond to concussion so that athletes know they cannot play with a concussion or hide their symptoms.
While research is ongoing to help identify the best approach to changing the culture of concussion in sports, there are action steps that coaches, parents, health care providers, and school professionals can take now to help keep young athletes safe and supported as they pursue the sports they love to play.
The Concussion at Play: Opportunities to Reshape the Culture Around Concussion” report provides a snapshot on current research on concussion knowledge, awareness, attitudes, and behaviors. Based on these findings, the report includes potential strategies to help keep athletes safe.