The Pro Football Concussion Report

A Fan's Look at Head Injuries and the Concussion Crisis in Football

The Rise of the Concussion Clinic

Concussion Awareness is Growing (CBS-13 Sacramento)

05.21.13

“No one would ask someone wearing a cast on their leg to run 10 miles, because we all know that’s dangerous. Just because you can’t see a concussion like you can see a cast, that doesn’t make it any less dangerous if you don’t rest it.”

Dr. Cynthia Stein of Boston Children’s Hospital routinely explains to patients that pro football players like Junior Seau may have taken thousands of hits to the head in youth leagues, high school and college — in addition to 10 or more years in the N.F.L.

In a recent New York Times article, journalist Bill Pennington writes about the nationwide surge of specialty concussion clinics that have cropped up in recent years.

“In the last three years, dozens of youth concussion clinics have opened in nearly 35 states — outpatient centers often connected to large hospitals that are now filled with young athletes complaining of headaches, amnesia, dizziness or problems concentrating.”

Dr. William Meehan, a co-founder of the youth sport’s concussion clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital says that the attitude surrounding head injuries has changed dramatically.

“It used to be a completely different scene, with a child’s father walking in reluctantly to tell us, ‘He’s fine; this concussion stuff is nonsense. It’s totally the opposite now. A kid has one concussion, and the parents are very worried about how he’ll be functioning at 50 years old.”

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