Kids love running around playing sports, and we love them to do so – but safely. With children under the age of 15 accounting for 36 per cent of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury, it can be said that serious concussions are on the rise. But how much do we actually know about the causes, consequences and treatments for concussion?
The Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital in the United States is dedicated to finding the answers and implementing them. As a new partner with the Special Interest Programme at Oak, Emerson clinicians will be able to improve concussion care, treatment and education for local children and teenagers. “As a parent, it is a heart-stopping moment when your child receives a blow to the head due to a fall or during sports,” says Millie Brobston, Programme Officer at Oak. “I certainly could have benefitted from greater knowledge of the signs of concussion.”
With Oak’s support, Emerson will be able to: hire more clinicians; continue research and increase general public education on concussion; conduct preliminary screenings to prevent head injuries; and visit schools and youth centres to talk with children, guardians, teachers and coaches about concussions. In addition, Emerson clinicians will place an emphasis on educating lower-income families about brain injuries.
William James Mayo, a renowned American physician once said, “The glory of medicine is that it is constantly moving forward, that there is always more to learn. The ills of today do not cloud the horizon of tomorrow, but act as a spur to greater effort.” The work that the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center is doing will help protect and save children well into the future. Congratulations for the good work from all of us at Oak!
To find out more about the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital, visit its website.