Injury Recovery

Helmets Prevent Concussions? Not So Fast

Although well-intentioned, helmets and playing/practice standards such as hit counts have jumped ahead of the science in concussion prevention. This and other topics are covered in release of the Institute of Medicine’s report on youth sports-related concussion, released today.

Video FAQs on Concussion: Short Videos Address Common Questions

In order to address the most common questions about pediatric concussion that CHOP concussion specialists hear from patients, parents, school and coaches, the Minds Matter team at CIRP@CHOP created eight short videos ranging in length from 1.5 to 3.5 minutes. The videos are simple, direct and provide answers in relatable terms for families.

Improving Outcomes for Seriously Injured Children

When we think about trauma and prevention we often focus on death as the outcome. However, functional disability from trauma is far more common than death and can cause long-term physical and cognitive impairment despite inpatient rehabilitation. In fact, 95 percent of children and young adults survive moderate to severe trauma. How can we best measure these impairments in a standardized manner? What happens to these patients when they leave the hospital and inpatient rehabilitation? Are we doing all we can to ensure these children recover to reach their fullest potential?

Posttraumatic Stress After Pediatric Injury: What Practitioners Should Know

As a pediatric nurse, I know that the impact of injury for children and parents can sometimes go beyond the physical wound and that a full recovery can require more than the excellent medical care we now know how to provide. According to a recent research review in JAMA: Pediatrics by my colleague, Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD, a substantial body of research shows that posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms are common after pediatric injury and that these symptoms can affect a child’s physical and functional recovery. As pediatric health practitioners, we play a crucial role in recognizing and addressing PTS reactions in our injured patients.Here's what you can do.

Upcoming Twitter Chat on Sports-Related #KidsConcussions

CIRP@CHOP's Mark Zonfrillo, MD, MSCE (@safetymd) will be an expert participant in an upcoming Twitter Chat on sports-related head injuries in children. The chat will cover a wide variety of topics including the latest concussion research, advocacy, education about how to protect young athletes, signs and symptoms of concussions, and treatment options.

Trends in Child Injury: An Article Review

I recently came across a new review article on child injury prevention by Drs. Brian Johnston and Beth Ebel at University of Washington. In it, they describe that although overall unintentional injury death among US children aged 0-19 years in 2000-2009 fell by 30%, there is still much work to be done.

Truth on Concussions: Infographics Explain Youth Concussions and Concussion Treatment

New series of infographics and posters provide best-practice state-of-the-science tips on recognizing symptoms and managing youth concussions in terms that youth can understand.

A Role For All in Culture of Youth Sports and Concussion

We have heard much about the topic of concussion lately with the settlement of the NFL concussion lawsuit, where retired professional football players sued the NFL for hiding the long-term dangers of concussions sustained while playing. The settlement raises concern about the culture of youth sports and for the safety and wellness of our children. Read more.

New Resource Alert: Concussion Symptoms Log

In order to help parents monitor their child's daily symptoms during recovery from a concussion injury, we have developed a simple calendar to help keep track of triggers of concussion symptoms and the characteristics of the symptoms, such as their duration. This and other resources available for parents, school staff, health care providers, and coaches.

Youth Concussions: Medical & School Teams on the Same Team

The primary vocation for children and adolescents is school, in order to prepare for meaningful, full adult lives. Toward the goal of better communication and support for kids recovering from concussion, on Saturday, April 6, 2013, CHOP will host the first annual Continuing Medical Education concussion course, “Diagnosis and Management of Child and Adolescent Concussion: A Primer for Primary Care Providers and Educators.” In addition, we have just added substantial new content to our Concussion Care for Kids website and organized the content to make it easy for the different types people who support a child's recovery to get the customized information they need-- whether you need to increase your concussion knowledge as a parent, school administrator, teacher, coach or health care provider.

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