Sunday, February 22, 2015

Blog Post #8

During the break I went to my pediatrician for my physical and while I was there I asked her about concussions. In what sports do most kids come in with concussions? And when do most kids come into the office with concussions? She told me that most kids come into the office with concussions from football and the time that they come in is during football season, in the fall.

I still don’t know if I want to make my own brochure about concussions or use one that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) provides. I poked around on their website over break and I have found full sized concussion posters and wallet sized concussion cards for coaches. All of these available in PDF form. It will most likely be easier to print one out that the CDC provides. People are more likely to trust something with CDC labeled across it than something with no labeling at all.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post 7

I was already planning to meet with the Athletic Director later this week for another reason, but it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to see how students get screened for concussions and on how frequently they have to be screened. And if they don’t get screened does that mean that they are disqualified from practices and games? In order to inform people about the risks of concussions I must be aware of the policies inside the school and the district.

Again I had already scheduled to talk to the head football coach and it would be helpful to see his outlook on concussions. How many concussions occur each year total and what the process is for when one of his players has a concussion. Also it probably wouldn’t hurt to ask the physical trainer about what she does to help prevent or treat concussions and how to prevent them.