WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

District Summit Addresses Concussions Amongst Youth Athletes

Play associated audio

The National Athletic Trainers Association is hosting a summit in the District designed to reduce the rate of concussion-related and even fatal injuries in high school athletes.

More than 200 health care professionals, parent advocates and school administrators huddled at the Omni Shoreham in an effort to change the culture of high school sports. A recent study of high schools across the country revealed concussion accounted for nearly 15 percent of all secondary sports related injuries. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes.

"The reason some of our youngest athletes don't report concussions is because they don't know how to," says Chris Nowinski, founder of the Sports Legacy Institute. "They don t know what a concussion is or how to speak up, and right now we're not even trying to educate them."

Nowinski suggest that all schools employ certified athletic trainers with the medical knowlege to spot subtle signs of a growing injury often missed by physical trainers and coaches.

"If we're not providing athletic trainers to these athletes, we're leaving ove 80 percent of these concussions on the field, and letting them play through it cause we re not seeing them," Nowinski says.

Locally, the Fairfax County Public Schools employs 50 medically certified athletic trainers for all 25 high schools in its system.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.