PBS Documentary Shines a Light on Need for Increased Awareness of Head Trauma in Sports — Including Soccer

Do you know the “Three R’s” of concussion management?

League of Denial, a two-hour documentary on how the NFL responded to reports of players suffering multiple concussions, recently premiered on PBS.

Based on a book of the same name by Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the program reminds us of both the dangers of head trauma while playing sports, and the importance of taking steps to prevent concussions.

Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine has Concussion Centers in Dallas and Fort Worth, staffed by physicians, neuropsychologists and certified athletic trainers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, athletes who sustain repeat concussions are also at a higher risk for brain swelling, permanent damage and even death. Texas Health Ben Hogan encourages athletes, coaches, parents and trainers to follow the 3 “R’s” of Concussion Management:

  1. Remove players with concussion symptoms from practice, athletics and competitive sports
  2. Restrict athletes from competition until symptoms completely resolve
  3. Return to play following clearance from a MD/DO and gradually increasing activity without symptoms re-occurring

Learn more about concussion management at TexasHealth.org/SportsConcussions

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