With the NFL season in full effect, and many of our young athletes in the midst of their fall sports seasons, we must all remain vigilant about the possibility of a concussion. Increased media attention has raised awareness on the importance of this issue, specifically with regard to professional football. However, there is now emerging evidence on the increased frequency of concussions in soccer, lacrosse and hockey as well. Suffering just one serious concussion may result in long-term consequences and increased susceptibility to future injury, and therefore, as parents and amateur athletes, we must recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and learn what to do if one occurs.
Top prospects in this year’s National Football League draft stopped by Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai on Thursday, May 8, the first day of the draft. They delighted pediatric patients with smiles, NFL goody bags, and visits to their rooms and to The Zone, a therapeutic and educational play area.