BY JERRY MILANI
One of the hot-button issues in youth sports these days — in New Jersey and across the nation — is the incidence of TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, in contact sports like football, lacrosse, soccer and others. If a youngster has a broken arm, pulled hamstring or blood coming from a gash, whether he or she can remain in the game, as well as when return to play is possible, is often clear-cut. But with a concussion, the diagnosis and prognosis are in many cases much murkier.
Last week, about 100 youth coaches, trainers, administrators, parents and even a few student-athletes gathered at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, where key representatives from the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes at Barnabus Health and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy hosted an educational program, alongside New York Giants tackle David Diehl, on the topic of concussions. The goals: to increase awareness of some of the warning signs of concussions and discuss how the two organizations are working with trainers and coaches to do so.