Brain Injury Association of Missouri increases concussion awareness

2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago February 09, 2017 Feb 9, 2017 Thursday, February 09 2017 Thursday, February 09, 2017 7:30:00 PM CST in News
By: Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Brain Injury Association of Missouri hosted a “Sports Concussion: Facts, fallacies and new frontiers” seminar Thursday in front of mid-Missouri coaches, nurses, athletic directors and trainers.

Maureen Cunningham, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, said there has been an increase in referrals for concussions, but that overall awareness and detection of symptoms throughout the community can be better.

“There has been an increase in the referrals for the students to licensed health care professionals, it’s not dismissed when a player comes off the ice or field,” Cunningham said. “The NFL has also brought more awareness and really raised the commitment of the community and school sponsored teams to understand concussions better.”

Even with more education than in recent years, there are still misconceptions that she said many parents still believe.

“The student athlete doesn’t have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion, in fact 90 percent of concussions happen when there’s no loss of consciousness,” Cunningham said. “Also, brain rest is key and really helps with recovery, so it’s okay to let athletes sleep when one is suspected.”

Jonathan Dodd, St. Louis Children’s Hospital pediatric neuropsychologist, said the root of today’s concussion problem still occurs immediately after the injury. 

“50-70 percent of sport concussive events are not reported, with many athletes saying that they can just play through it,” Dodd said. “Those who do so are at increased risk for a longer recovery, future injuries and slower balance and reaction time.”

Removal from play after a potential concussion is key, even if it’s not a hard hit. Football, ice hockey and lacrosse are the three most common sports, but sports like soccer, cheer, volleyball and basketball are not far behind due to the high number of play and practice contact hours.

With the number of practices athletes at higher levels partake in, Cunningham said parents should ask team leaders about their protocol.

“Ask what concussion education they utilize, what are their concussion protocols. As a parent, you can ask questions of how much of a commitment there is to concussion education and protecting your child,” Cunningham said. “A concussion is a brain injury, with every concussion there is a risk of additional concussions.”

 

Dodd said, “It’s better to miss one game than the whole season. Playing through it creates worse neurocognitive symptoms and likely doubles the average full recovery time from 22 to 44 days."

Direct short term symptoms include headaches, nausea, feeling dizzy, but also abnormal changes in student sleep patterns and personality in daily activities.

“If someone is walking or running a little funny, off-balance or slow after a collision or fall, you need to say, 'you are done for a minimum of 24 hours,'” Cunningham said. “Keep track of symptoms, keep a check mark every 15 minutes of how they’re feeling and ask open-ended questions about the collision to understand comprehension.”

This protocol applies for all ages, as Cunningham said it takes longer for youth athletes to recover than adults, since the developing brain needs more time to adjust and get back to daily functions.

There is still no gold standard for concussion treatment, and it takes a licensed professional trained in the management and care for concussions to truly diagnose an injury. Dodd encourages coaches and teammates to keep this in mind when a player is struggling.

“Common sayings like being called 'too chicken to play', or 'I didn’t want to let my teammates down' or 'I need the stats for scholarships' are all excuses players can use, and shouldn’t,” Dodd said.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Roughly 240,000 more Missouri Medicaid recipients are being switched to a system under which private companies... More >>
2 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A campus organization known as Sustain Mizzou could help the University of Missouri earn its first "Tree Campus... More >>
3 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Families and pets met Sunday at Stephens Lake Park for the Mutt Strut, a benefit serving MU's Barkley... More >>
6 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:46:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, so KOMU 8 News asked for viewers to share... More >>
8 hours ago April 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017 Sunday, April 30 2017 Sunday, April 30, 2017 9:39:10 AM CDT in News
ASHLAND — Search and rescue crews found a woman in Cedar Creek this afternoon after a kayaking accident. She was... More >>
18 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:20:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Missouri woman paralyzed by Lou Gehrig's disease isn't letting any limitations from the incurable disease... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:45:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — New Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' involved and sometimes aggressive leadership style is getting mixed reviews from... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:41:12 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College fashion design, marketing, management and communication students hosted the 73rd annual student design fashion show, called... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:12:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — The city of Fulton is teaming up with William Woods University Chemistry Professor Joe Kyger to figure out... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY — First responders rescued three families from their homes in Callaway County Saturday during floods that swept through... More >>
21 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:47:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON — Emergency officials responded to a fatal crash near the intersection of State Route O and State Route UU... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 5:23:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Despite non-ideal weather conditions, people gathered at MU Saturday afternoon as a part of a nationwide climate change... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:46:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Ever wonder what to do with your unused prescription drugs? The annual 'Drug Take Back Day' helps... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:37:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Police officers responded to an armed robbery at Check Into Cash Saturday afternoon. According to a release... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:27:00 PM CDT in News
MID-MISSOURI — Flooding caused road closures on Saturday. KOMU 8 News viewers shared photos and videos of what they saw.... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 2:31:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Office of Emergency Management has reported numerous road closures due to flooding Saturday. ... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 1:32:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has agreed to pay a penalty to the state Ethics Commission for failing... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:50:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has bought a lakeside house in a resort community west of St. Louis.... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:14:38 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
6pm 61°
7pm 58°
8pm 57°
9pm 54°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
Little Big Shots
7:00p
Little Big Shots
4:00p
The Maiden Heist
6:00p
Dark Blue
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:00p
Chicago Justice
9:00p
Shades of Blue
6:00p
Dark Blue
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld