ASHA spreads awareness on Concussions In Youth Sports with the reintroduction of Podcast

November 8, 2009

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An increasing amount of head injuries leading to concussion amongst the youth engaged in sport, prompted the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to reintroduce its podcast on Concussions in Youth Sports. A House Judiciary Subcommitte held a hearing on this topic on October 29, which brought into focus the effects concussions can have on a professional athlete, especially football players. 

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) podcast focuses educating parents of children who are involved in youth sports on the dangers of head injuries. The podcast features Melissa C. Duff, PhD, CCC-SLP, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications Disorders at the University of Iowa, and an active ASHA member. 

Dr. Duff covers several points and protective advice that parents can pass on to their children prior to playing any sport. Although there is no fixed set of guidelines to handle the aftermath of a concussion, in the podcast Dr. Duff explains the different variables that need to be considered such as the severity of the concussion, the age and gender of the injured child, and the number of concussions suffered in one season of play. Several other circumstances are also addressed by Dr. Day. 

In the podcast, Dr. Day also highlights the benefits of neuropsychological testing prior to the start of the season, which could serve as a benchmark for comparison testing after a concussion occurs. Parents can also learn about how children that suffer a concussion can be helped by speech-language pathologists. Parents are advised to listen to the podcast and read the transcript. Parents can use ProSearch to find a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in their area. 

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for over 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in hearing and balance disorders and provide audiologic treatment which includes hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists help in identifying, assessing, and treating speech and language problems and swallowing disorders.


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