Concussion Prevention in Football
Concussions and other head injuries are extremely prevalent in football and can have many negative long-term effects on the athletes. It’s vital for football players and other athletes to be advised regarding what can be done to ultimately protect themselves and prevent concussions as much as possible. Luckily enough, the topic is being discussed more widely by the general public and more people are becoming aware on what to do in order to prevent them. It’s important to be as educated as possible on this topic because a lack of awareness can be extremely detrimental to an athlete’s overall health and longevity.
What Are Concussions Caused By?
A concussion occurs due to an impact to the head from blunt force trauma. The blunt force of the brain colliding with the skull causes bruising in the brain. It’s important to do everything necessary to protect the head, brain and skull when participating in sports. I’m sure you’re wondering exactly how an athlete can avoid concussions, so let’s discuss the precautions an athlete can take in order to protect themselves.
What Precautions Can an Athlete Take in Order to Prevent Concussions?
First and foremost, being equipped with the proper helmet gear and other protective equipment during both practices and games is extremely important. Never take the importance of helmet gear for granted! However, it’s important to keep in mind that wearing protective gear isn’t completely effective in preventing concussions. Protective equipment helps to prevent more serious head injuries such as skull fractures (meaning, yes, it’s important to wear a helmet/etc. at all times!) but it doesn’t entirely prevent the possibility of a concussion. Studies show that helmets only reduce the chance of traumatic brain injury by 20%.
Additionally, it’s essential to assess the playing field beforehand in order to make sure that there are no holes or uneven areas on the field. A smooth playing field is extremely important in preventing any trips and falls which can potentially lead to a head injury of some sort. Furthermore, pad any obstacles on the side in case any sort of impact occurs. Separately, during practices, utilize workouts that strengthen your neck and familiarize yourself with proper techniques. It’s important for an athlete’s body to be as strong and resilient as possible. Lastly but most importantly, teach players to avoid any aggression on the field during both practice and games. A mutual understanding among the players to play as safely as possible can help to reduce any rough contact among the players.
What Should You Take Away From This?
All in all, it’s important for athletes to be as informed as possible in regards to the risks of playing sports. Knowledge is power and it’s necessary for athletes to protect themselves and prevent the risks of a concussion or other head injuries as much as possible. Playing sports comes with possibly detrimental or debilitating risks/consequences. All that an athlete can do is be as safe as possible and be kind to their bodies.