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Sports Injuries and Concussions in Kids
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Richard Figler, MD

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic

Jason Cruickshank, ATC, CSCS

  • Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
  • Department of Sports Health
  • Cleveland Clinic

One to three million sports-related concussions occur in the US each year, yet growing evidence shows that many athletes, coaches and parents do not realize how serious these injuries can be. If a concussion is suspected, it’s important for the athlete to be evaluated before returning to activity. Effective injury management can allow athletes to return to competition sooner and more safely. Join our chat, and have your questions answered by our Sports Concussion experts.

It is crucial to know the signs and symptoms of a concussion, but equally important, is to know what to do after an athlete has suffered a bump, jolt, or blow to the head.

An injured athlete should come out of the game or practice to be tested on the sidelines by a person trained in concussion symptoms. An athlete with concussion symptoms should not play again that day, and should not play as long as symptoms last. The athlete might need to wait 1 to 2 weeks or longer before being cleared to play again.

Most people make a full recovery after a concussion. How quickly they get better depends on how severe the injury was, how healthy they were before the injury and how well they follow their treatment plan. In all cases, rest is one of the most important treatments for a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.

Richard Figler, MD, is a staff physician in the Center for Sports Health within the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute and the Concussion Center at Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in sports medicine, sports concussions, acute and chronic sports related injuries and pediatric and adolescent sports-related injuries. He is also Team Physician for Solon High School and John Carroll University. Dr. Figler is board-certified in family medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

Jason Cruickshank, ATC, CSCS is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with degrees in Athletic Training and Fitness Management. He is a board-certified Athletic Trainer and a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. Jason has a background in the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries as well as athletic performance enhancement. Currently he is the Concussion Center Coordinator where he is responsible for the coordination of athletic trainers working with physicians, the documentation of testing procedures, coordination of physicians’ testing practices and return to play protocols.

To make an appointment with Dr. Figler, Jason Cruickshank or any of our other specialists in the Center for Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic, please call 877.440.TEAM (8326). You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/sportshealth

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