Blog Archive

Soccer injuries – Prevention and Tips Nov 4th, 2019

What are the most common injuries in youth soccer players? The most common soccer injuries are not concussions, but instead, are overuse injuries involving the legs, “and include patellar tendinitis (Jumper's knee), medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), Osgood-Schlatter disease, and patellofemoral pain syndrome (Runner's knee).” Of course, “sprains, strains, bumps, and bruises to the ankles and...

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for concussions Sep 30th, 2019

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to our body.   The 3 main types are ALA, DHA, and EPA.  They  help maintain heart health, brain health, and emotional health; they also help modulate our weight, fight inflammation, and keep our bones strong.  Omega-3 fatty acids are not made by our body and...

Baseline concussion testing Aug 21st, 2019

Fall sports are starting and now is a great time to get your child’s concussion baseline test done! Concussion baseline testing is done prior to your child starting their athletic season and allows us to be able to compare post-injury results to each child's pre-injury norm.  Baselines help us confidently...

Second Impact Syndrome Jul 8th, 2019

Second Impact Syndrome is a type of brain injury that has devastating consequences.  There is not much published research on the topic though we still hear about it in the news, mostly affecting children and teens. Although second impact syndrome is rare, we believe it is worth discussing because it...

Why are kids at greater risk for concussion? Jun 6th, 2019

There are a few key differences in the brains of children and adults that make children more susceptible to brain injury than adults.  The key differences are discussed below.  The skull of a child is large compared to the size of brain. By 5 years old, a child’s skull is...

Convergence insufficiency Apr 17th, 2019

What is Convergence Insufficiency?  Convergence insufficiency is a problem with the eye muscles working together (aka: “eye teaming”) to view near objects.  One or both eyes can have a tendency to move outward when reading or viewing something up close.  Convergence insufficiency can also be present without a concussion; in fact,...

Are mouth guards important for concussion prevention? Jan 31st, 2019

Mouth guards are worn in many contact sports with the main goal of protecting the mouth, teeth, and jaw, and literature has shown them to be very effective. Though they were initially designed to prevent dental and facial trauma, researchers are now wondering if they can serve another purpose, to...

Screen time during concussion Dec 19th, 2018

Parents may find the subject of screen time limitations just as daunting, if not more daunting, than children do. The constant battle of screen time allowance between a parent and child causes constant strife, which strains the relationship and not to mention, effects everyone’s sanity! This topic becomes even more...

When is brain imaging (CT/MRI) needed for a concussion? Nov 13th, 2018

A concussion is a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury). They can be referred to as a “mild TBI” because they are not usually life-threatening.  Concussions occur when a hard hit to the head or body causes the brain to move in the skull.  The movement of the brain in...

The Vestibular System and Concussions Jul 20th, 2018

Today we want to talk about what the vestibular system is, how it is impacted after a concussion and what we can do to help your child recover.The Vestibular System:The vestibular system is the system our bodies use to help us balance and know where our body is in space...

Water Safety and Concussions Jun 19th, 2018

Water Safety and ConcussionsHow to Prevent Concussions in the water?Don’t dive into water that you don’t know the depth. Be very careful in lakes and rivers, where there are often rocks and the depth can change abruptly.Don’t dive into shallow waterAlways use proper technique when divingBe conscious of how close...

Swimming and Diving with a concussion May 1st, 2018

Swimming and Diving with a concussionDuring concussion recovery, your provider will likely recommend altering some of your normal activities. While recovering it is very important to not do any activity with a high risk of hitting your head again, as this could worsen your injury. Recent concussion guidelines encourage children...

Neck strength to help prevent concussion? Apr 2nd, 2018

Does neck strength help prevent concussions?Concussions are very prevalent among children and adolescents, especially those who play sports.  A common question we are asked is what can be done to help prevent concussions.  One thing an athlete can do to help decrease concussion chances are to strengthen neck muscles.We think...

Sleep after a concussion! Mar 1st, 2018

Sleep after a concussion is vital to brain healing and symptom management.  There are many misconceptions about sleep after a concussion; our goal is to help parents understand what to do if you suspect your child has a concussion.First, SportsSafe recommends that if a concussion is suspected, it is important...

Concussions and Winter Sports Feb 7th, 2018

Winter is a fun time for outdoor sports and recreation, unfortunately these do not come without risk of injury.  There are several steps to take in staying safe while skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Concussions account for a significant portion of the injuries occurring in winter sports.  Some ways to stay...

Concussion Conundrum: Protecting Heads While Playing Hockey Jan 17th, 2018

Hockey can be a brutal sport. Concussions, a mild traumatic brain injury common in contact sports, can be devastating. But are they a scourge that will ruin hockey or a problem that can be managed? The science is unsettled. While the National Football League paid more than $1 billion to settle a lawsuit...

Headbands for soccer players: Pros and Cons. Jan 2nd, 2018

Soccer is the leading cause of sport related concussion in girls, and one of the top sports causing concussion in boys. Most of the time concussions in soccer occur from collisions (head to head or head to body part), falls where the head hits the ground, or an unexpected head...

Flying after a concussion Dec 8th, 2017

Flying after a concussionThere is never a good time to get a concussion, but before or during vacation can be particularly disappointing. It is okay to fly after a concussion as long as it has been a few days since the injury, symptoms are improving, there is no brain bleed or...

Where to go for additional concussion information Nov 15th, 2017

Where to go for additional concussion informationUseful resources online: CDC Heads Up ProgramGreat information for athletes, parents, coaches and medical professionalsPrintable information to share with your teamImPACT: “Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing”Information regarding baseline testing, post injury testing, and the importance of cognitive testingimpacttest.comUniversity Interscholastic League (UIL)For information regarding...

Exercise after concussion: Is it safe and when is it okay? Nov 1st, 2017

Exercise after a concussionOver the years recommendations have changed considerably on when it’s okay to exercise after a concussion.  When SportsSafe started in 2010, the literature recommended no physical activity until all concussion symptoms were gone at rest.  Recommendations then changed to endorse rest for at least 2 weeks after...

Keeping A Normal Routine after a Concussion Oct 16th, 2017

Keeping A Normal Routine after a ConcussionConcussions are a significant brain injury that impact every part of a student’s life, not just sports participation.  Concussion symptoms tend to worsen with concentration and with exercise, and it is important to pay attention when symptoms worsen.  To help recovery, it’s important to...

What to do if you suspect a concussion Oct 1st, 2017

What do I do if I suspect a concussion?A concussion is any injury to the brain that changes the way your brain works. It is caused by hitting your head or body, causing your head to move back and forth, causing your brain to hit the inside of your skull...

Concussion 101 Sep 14th, 2017

A concussion is a type of TBI (traumatic brain injury). They can be referred to as a “mild TBI” because they are not usually life-threatening.  Concussions occur when a hard hit to the head or body causes the brain to move in the skull.  The movement of the brain in...

Concussion Baseline Testing Aug 21st, 2017

Summer is in full swing here in Austin, Texas! We hope you and your family are enjoying your summer vacation and staying cool!!  Fall sports are just around the corner and now is a great time to get your child’s concussion baseline test done!   Concussion baseline testing is done...

Importance of Proper Hydration Aug 15th, 2017

Importance of Proper HydrationAt SportsSafe we know that children and teens mature socially, emotionally, and physically through team sports participation. We also know that team sports participation is not without risk. SportsSafe is mindful of these risks and our goal is to provide the safest parameters for your child’s athletic...

How to choose a helmet Aug 1st, 2017

How to Choose a HelmetWhile no helmet will prevent your child from getting a concussion, they can help protect him/her from a serious brain injury.  Helmets are designed to prevent skull fractures and brains bleeds, and when used correctly, are effective at minimizing these significant brain injuries. Unfortunately, helmets do...