District Summit Addresses Concussions Amongst Youth Athletes | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

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.

NPR

Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

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