KNSC Holds Club Wide Baseline Concussion Tests

KNSC held another club wide baseline concussion testing program. Because our children’s health is important!

 

Dear KNSC Family,

One of KNSC main priorities is the safety and well-being our young athletes as they play soccer for our Club.Concusion7

Concussions have been identified as the most common sports related injury and the one with the potential of having long-term consequences. Unfortunately, as coaches and parents, it is difficult to recognize if our child has suffered a concussion. Most times they go unnoticed and untreated.

Remember that a concussion is not only caused by a blow to the head but also when the head and upper body are violently shaken.

Also, there are no diagnostic tests for concussions and there is no visible injury to the brain on MRI or CT Scan. Even when recognized, we may find it difficult to know what to do or where to go. And, even though we are fortunate to have one of the best healthcare systems, sometimes it is difficult and time consuming to navigate.

This spring marks the second year that our Club has initiated and awareness program and testing for concussions. This project by our Club was carried out by the professional medical services of "Konkussion".

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They provide:

- Baseline Testing performed by professionals which includes neurocognitive and fitness tests.
- 24 Hour Access to a clinical team and will be seen by a Neurologist within 24 to 48 hours.
- Ongoing concussion management in order to determine when the athlete is fit to return to play.
- Parents Information PackageConcusion-2

Of the athletes who underwent testing from our Club last year, 1 in 6 of them sustained a concussion and in each case they were dealt with immediately and professionally.

The Club subsidizes a substantial portion of the cost of this program so that each athlete only pays a minimal cost.
As president of your Club and as a health care professional, I strongly recommend that all our children register in our concussion program and undergo baseline testing. 

** Coming shortly, our next concussion info session for our staff!  That session will serve to educate staff so they know how to train for, and what to do, to minimize player concussions and better help identifying them.  Staff will be instructed to look for the signs of a concussion, what to do, how to handle the situation and who to call.

Protect our most precious possession, our children
Thanks
Dr.Michael Cianfrone
President, KNSC

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