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  • Young Boy Playing Basketball

    What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion

    Concussions pose a serious threat to the developing brains of children and adolescents. Unfortunately, there is no single sign or symptom that positively indicates that a concussion has occurred. The most important thing to remember about treating children and student athletes who have sustained a blow to the head is that a loss of consciousness […]

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  • Concussion Symptoms

    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can experience a concussion during any sport or recreational activity, so it’s important for coaches […]

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    Second Impact Syndrome

    Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) is a serious brain condition that can occur when a second concussion is suffered before the effects of a previous concussion have healed. With SIS, acute and often fatal brain swelling occurs; because the onset of swelling is rapid, it may be impossible to control. The risk of SIS is higher […]

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  • Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the risk and seriousness of brain trauma for decades. The lawsuits were prompted by a growing body of research showing that […]

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    Dr. Greene’s Super Bowl Challenge

    Turn several hours of fun on the couch into several hours of active fun: Whenever your team makes a first down, celebrate with 10 jumping jacks, scissor jumps, sit-ups or pushups. When your team scores a touchdown, do a 30-second victory dance (exuberant celebrations on the field penalized, exuberant celebrations in the family room get […]

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  • Touchdowns, Take-downs, and Toddler Tussles

    Touchdowns, Take-downs, and Toddler Tussles

    A contagious skin infection that was once thought of as primarily limited to hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes is now showing up in healthy children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These skin infections are caused by tough-to-treat bacteria called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, or resistant staph). As the name implies, antibiotics […]

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  • Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    The statistics are in, and happily there were no deaths from heatstroke among U.S. football players during the 2002 season (or so far in 2003), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injuries at the University of North Carolina. About 1.5 million children play full contact football each year in the U.S., and in […]

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  • Helmet Fit and Condition

    Helmet Fit and Condition

    Shoes protect the feet; helmets protect the head. Helmets can be very effective at preventing serious head injuries, but nevertheless, head injury during active play remains a leading cause of death among children. Why might this be?

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    Concussion: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Head injury Introduction to concussion: Children’s energetic exploration of life often results in head “bonks.” Fortunately, most of them are not serious. Nevertheless, when we hear the awful thud of a child’s head, our breath catches for a moment… What is concussion? A brief, temporary loss of consciousness following a blow to the […]

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  • Weight Lifting for Kids - Safe? Effective?

    Weight Lifting for Kids – Safe? Effective?

    My 14-year-old son is gearing up for freshman high school football in the fall. Team weightlifting starts next week. Is it healthy? Can this stunt long-term growth?

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