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Head Injuries

Head injuries have become a major concern in the past few years. We are now beginning to understand that even minor concussions are very serious injuries. Both physical exertion (i.e., sports practices/games and exercise) and mental exertion (i.e., school, pleasure reading, and using anything with a screen) can retard the healing process, which is not good for athletes who want to return to play as soon as possible. Additionally, we have seen that healing time for concussions seems to increase with each concussion and that repetitive head trauma can be very damaging later in life. Visit the links below to learn more!

  • Concussion Fact Sheets for Parents and Athletes These fact sheet helps athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Specific information about prevention and management are also included. 
  • Management of Sports-Related Concussions  If you want even more information, especially on managing concussions, after reading links above.
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy  Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease that has recently sparked controversy in the world of contact sports because it results from repeated head trauma.
  • Head Games (the film) Website  Head Games is a film created to raise awareness of CTE and the damage that repeated head trauma can cause.



Athletic Trainer Website content created by Evangelos Nikitopoulos (Class of 2013)

National Athletic Trainer Association Korey Stringer Institute Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy