Laurence Fishburne will host an upcoming segment on “Information Matrix” about concussion safety. Concussions have been a concern lately, especially as recent studies on American Football have raised awareness and led to changing rules and protocols for players suffering from concussions.
It’s important for parents, coaches, and school officials to know the signs of a concussion, in order to keep kids safe. Concussions may be referred to as a mild brain injury, but they are serious and can cause changes to the brain chemistry. There are both short-term and long-term effects of concussions, making it important for anyone involved in youth sports to be aware of the signs and symptoms. Short-term effects include headache, mood changes, and dizziness. Over time, concussions can cause memory problems and difficult concentrating, especially if multiple concussions occur. Younger brains are more susceptible to injury and concussions, making it important to prevent them.
This new segment will discuss both the new information, as well as the new protocols that are available regarding concussions with experts. Coaches should encourage players to always have protective gear on, and the gear should be in good working order. There should be rules against excessive violence, to help prevent unnecessary injures. Head protection should be worn at all times during the games and practices. If there is an injury, it should be recorded and medical attention should be sought, even if the player claims he or she is fine. Quick medical treatment can help prevent further injuries and damage. Athletes need to be cleared by a doctor before they can return play and coaches should receive instructions from the physician for player care.
“Information Matrix,” featuring Laurence Fishburne, covers a wide range of topics for the general public and has received numerous awards and accolades for its educational content.