Guest Post from Chartis

This is another in the guest posts I have received from various sources.  Once again I am not endorsing Chartis, rather providing what I feel is a very good article on the safety of kids in sports.


Keeping Kids Safe in All Types of Sports

By Dr. William Spangler


When you hear about concussions and head injuries in youth sports, football and hockey typically come to mind. Increasingly, coaches, parents and athletes all across the nation have grown increasingly attuned to the risks associated with these sports and the paramount need for safety protocols during both practices and games.

When it comes to non-contact sports, however, the risks for concussions and other injuries are often overlooked. Activities such as cheerleading, gymnastics, swimming, volleyball, and skiing—to name a few—have considerable potential for serious head injuries. In fact, the sport of cheerleading, with its daring stunts and busy, year-round practice schedules, has become the leading cause of catastrophic injury in young female athletes, according to the 29th Annual Report from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While cheerleading and other non-contact sports may not require the same level of protective equipment as do football and hockey, it is essential that coaches, family members, and young athletes alike are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and possess the know-how to respond appropriately should such signs and symptoms occur.


Here are some tips to keep in mind when working with youth athletes participating in all kind of sports, including non-contact sports: Continue reading

Dr. William Spangler on State Concussion Legislation

Mentioned before in the Nathan LaFayette post, the Chartis Insurance group is promoting awareness though a unique way; posting information from their sources on this blog.  Their endeavor is part of  a promotion for aHead of the Game®.  The Concussion Blog does not endorse this company or product, however their willingness to provide information will garner them some blog space.  Chartis is not paying this blog to post as we feel this information is educational in content.  Other companies are welcome to send along information as well; however not all material makes the blog, it is an owner/author decision.

State Concussion Legislation Continues to Change Youth Sports

By Dr. William Spangler


Injuries in sports are all too real. They can sometimes be dramatic and life-changing. But, nothing is perhaps as gripping and tragic as when an injury severely impacts the life of a young athlete and changes that child’s life forever. Concussions, especially repeated ones from sports and recreation activities, can have a devastating and lasting effect on a young person’s life.

Recognizing the need for some kind of oversight of youth sports, Continue reading