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NJ Based Atlantic Neurosurgical Specialists (ANS) Launch Tips on Concussion Awareness and Sports-safety Tips
Date:9/4/2013

Morristown,NJ (PRWEB) September 04, 2013

With the school year beginning, kids are enjoying their favorite extracurricular activities, including team sports. Last year over 1 million children visited a hospital emergency room with a sports-related injury. In fact, more than one million children sustain head injuries each year from a sports-related injury, but many who experience mild injuries never even consult with a medical professional after the incident. Knowing what precautions to take can help prevent injuries, including serious brain injuries. Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS), New Jersey’s largest private neurosurgical practice provides information on preventing and recognizing Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

“TBI’s are one of the most common conditions neurosurgeons see,” notes ANS neurosurgeon, Dr. Brian Beyerl. “Parents and coaches need to work together with children to ensure the safest playing conditions are being made available to today’s youth. Taking simple precautions, such as wearing the proper protective gear, can help increase a child’s safety.” Dr. Beyerl suggests some preventative measures and how to identify symptoms of TBI:

Preventative Tips

  • Make sure coaches are teaching the proper technique.
  • Check playing equipment routinely for wear or tear.
  • In contact sports, wear a protective mouth guard (must cover all teeth). The mouth guard can act as a shock absorber, if hit in an upward motion.
  • Strengthening neck muscles when conditioning can help to increase the force required to cause injury, i.e. concussion.

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