Every year, athletes throughout the country find themselves sitting in a doctor’s office waiting to receive their annual sports physicals.
While pre-sport physicals are required at the high school level, it’s just as important for children playing at the youth level to be examined as well.
As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.
But what about the classroom?
Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.
Count Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco among those who want to get performance enhancing drugs out of professional sports.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback told his club’s website that a level playing field is essential to fair competition, and he would be willing to take any necessary tests to prove that he is clean.