Kids, Sports, and Concussion
A Guide for Coaches and Parents, 2nd Edition
by William Paul Meehan III, MD
February 2018, 217pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5802-4
$48, 40€, A69
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5803-1
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3.8 million sport-related traumatic brain injuries occur annually.

A comprehensive summary of sport-related concussion for parents, coaches, and athletes that considers the physics behind the injury, identifies what can be done to reduce the risk of its occurrence, and describes how to respond to a suspected concussion.

Concussion injury among athletes continues to be a subject of great concern. Increasing attention and research is focusing on the most vulnerable of athletes—children. What strategies can be taken to best protect young athletes in sports from grammar school football leagues to high school hockey and soccer teams from concussion? How do we treat youngsters who suffer head injuries in sports? What are the ethical considerations in allowing children to play such sports, given the risks to still-developing brains?

In this updated and expanded guide, William Meehan, MD, explains simply and clearly how coaches, parents, and others who work with young athletes can recognize concussion; best help children and youths recover from concussion injuries; and take steps to become proactive to prevent concussion. Readers will learn what causes a sport-related concussion; what happens to brain cells during a concussion; and why concussion, which in the past was dismissed as a trivial injury, is taken so much more seriously now. The book explains how to decrease the risk of concussion; addresses the potential for cumulative effects from multiple concussions, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy; and discusses the ethical dimensions of deciding whether an athlete with multiple concussions should continue to participate in high-risk sports.


  • Provides a detailed but easy-to-understand, jargon-free explanation of types of trauma and the forces that result in a concussion as well as what happens to brain cells when the brain suffers a concussion
  • Presents the facts about sport-related concussion and the potential for cumulative effects of sport-related concussions, including a discussion about chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Informs athletes, parents, and coaches about ways in which to prepare for a possible concussion, how to respond to a potential concussion, and steps to take to decrease the risk of a concussion injury
William Paul Meehan III, MD, is director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention and director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School, where he is currently associate professor of pediatrics and orthopedics. Meehan conducts both clinical and scientific research in the area of sports injuries and concussive brain injury. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, the National Football League Players Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League Alumni Association. He is the 2012 winner of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine's award for Best Overall Research. Meehan's work has been published in multiple medical and scientific journals. He is author of the book Concussions and coeditor of the book Head and Neck Injuries in Young Athletes.


2019 IPPY Award Silver Medal in Health/Medicine/Nutrition Category—Independent Book Publishers Association, April 11, 2019
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