Did you know that the rate of youth concussions in U.S. high schools has more than doubled over the past seven years, yet many concussions remain undiagnosed. A concussion is a brain injury typically caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. You don’t need to lose consciousness to have a concussion. According to the CDC, the sports with the greatest number of traumatic brain injuries are bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer, but concussions can occur in any sports or recreational activity.
Dr. John Gallucci Jr. is a physical therapist and the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer. According to his recent book, Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide to Optimal Performance for Players, Parents, and Coaches, concussions “not only affect the body and how a person feels; they can also affect speech, vision, balance, and long- and short-term memory, and can be detrimental to the neurological, psychological and cognitive well-being of the individual.” This injury needs to be taken seriously.