Ahead of the Game
The Parents Guide to Youth Sports Concussion Rosemarie Scolaro Moser; Bill Pascrell, Jr., fwd.
Dartmouth 2012 • 208 pp. 6 x 9" Children's Health / Sports Health & Safety / Sports Medicine / Children's Health
$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-224-3
$9.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-274-8
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“Moser offers helpful, concrete, and eye-opening information about identifying a concussion, asking for preseason baseline testing, and deciding when to return to play (“when in doubt, sit it out”).”—Booklist
A new look at understanding and preventing sports concussion in children and teens
Sports-related concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries, have become a national epidemic. As many as 63 percent of high school students have already hadat least one concussion, while another 500,000 children between the ages of ten and fourteen visit ERs for concussion annually. New research has shown that there is no such thing as a simple “bell-ringer,” and that sending a child back on the field too soon puts his or her physical and emotional health at risk. Yet it is all too easy to miss the warning signs of concussion, or to encourage kids to “walk off” a potentially devastating injury. Ahead of the Game is the first book to give parents of school-aged athletes the tools they need to keep kids safe on the field, court, diamond, or rink. A pioneer in youth concussion research since the 1990s, this leading brain-behavior expert, neuropsychologist, and sports mom, Dr. Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, has worked with thousands of youth athletes, as well as professional sports teams. Dr. Moser explains:
• Helmets and mouth guards, even when properly fitted, cannot prevent concussion • Concussions may negatively affect a child’s GPA, school performance, and emotional behavior • Girls are more vulnerable to concussion than boys • State concussion laws may not be enough to keep kids safe
Ahead of the Game clearly lays out the basics of identification, management, and treatment of concussion in kids, and details the vital steps we can take to protect their most vital organ—the brain—before an injury occurs.
Here's a discussion on YouTube with author Rosemarie Scolaro Moser and former NFL quarterback and noted ESPN/NFL analyst Ron Jaworski:
“This short but powerful look at sports-related concussions in children and teens should be required reading for all parents whose children want to participate in contact sports like football and hockey. . . . her book is aimed at helping parents “understand, prevent, identify, and seek treatment” for concussion in their kids. She is excellent at dispelling concussion myths, explaining how you do not have to hit your head to sustain a concussion, that children might not exhibit concussion symptoms until days after a hard hit or tackle, and how you can’t determine how serious a concussion is until after an athlete has recovered.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is a cause championed by all of us who work in neuropsychology, and particularly those of us in the front lines of concussion diagnosis and treatment. Her clear statements that the mom and neuropsychologist in her hopes ‘brain hygiene will become part of standard preventive care’ are echoed by those of us in the field with the same roles and passions. This work will be an excellent addition to the must-read reference list for parents.”—Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
“This thoroughly readable book brilliantly provides parents, coaches, and others with the most important lessons and information needed to protect young minds.” —Brooke de Lench, founder of MomsTeam.com and author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports
“This is not just another book on a trendy medical topic. Dr. Rosemarie Moser is a passionate clinician whose extensive experience with sports-related concussions caused me to dramatically change my own methods for evaluation and treatment. Having the opportunity to work and engage in public forums side by side with her has given me a firsthand view of how much the public needs to be made aware of this topic. It is only fitting that she be the one to pen this text.”
—G. Luke Hensel, MSSM, ATC, LAT, SCC, head athletic trainer, Princeton Day School, and professional player and head athletic trainer, BuxMont Torch F.C., National Premier Soccer League
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Moser as our team’s concussion doctor. She truly understands our players and how to protect their brains. I commend her for creating this guidebook that will help protect the brains of our young athletes.” —Ron Jaworski,co-owner, Philadelphia Soul Arena professional football team, ESPN Monday Night Football commentator, former Philadelphia Eagles NFL quarterback, and author of The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays
“Once the occurrence of concussions in sports was not considered serious. Within recent years the issue of youth sports-related concussions has become a hot-button topic as there has been very strong evidence in the medical community that concussions left undiagnosed and untreated could have a far-reaching impact on families. In Ahead of the Game, Dr. Moser successfully takes on the mission to educate and share her experience and knowledge as a neuropsychologist, researcher, and sports mom to help other parents understand the critical importance of keeping kids’ brains safe.”—Harry Carson, Pro Football Hall of Fame, former New York Giants NFL linebacker, and author of Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker
ROSEMARIE SCOLARO MOSER, PhD. is a neuropsychologist, hockey mom, and director of the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey. She is the official neuropsychologist for Philadelphia Soul Arena Football, Trenton Steel Arena Football, and Trenton Titans Professional Hockey.