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The word concussion is something that instills fear in any parent because they know concussions are closely associated with many youth contact sports. However, there are a few preventative measures every parent can take to help keep their children in the game and out of the doctor's office.

1. Know the Symptoms of Concussions
Concussions are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated, but if you know the symptoms, you can help detect when they occur to avoid a more serious injury. Some of the most common symptoms include: loss of consciousness, amnesia, confusion, headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, ringing in the ear and sensitivity to light or noise.

2. Properly Fitted Helmets
Having a properly fitted helmet ensures that they will work to the best of their ability to help athletes protect themselves. Certified athletic trainers are trained in helmet fitting and can guarantee that the helmet fits properly as the first line of defense in injury prevention.

3. Wearing the Proper Mouth Guard
Many parents don't realize the importance of a mouth guard, but it can often times absorb the majority of the impact if the player is hit near the chin or jaw. In return, the shock absorbed by the mouth guard will help the player remain conscious to avoid a concussion.

4. Enforce Proper Hitting Techniques
Teaching your athlete the importance of proper hitting and tackling techniques can help keep everyone safe on the field. Leading with the body instead of the head and eliminating face-to-face tackling can help reduce the amount of concussions that are often associated with them.

5. Knowing About Additional Protective Gear
Staying up-to-date on different products that can help reduce hitting impact, such as the Guardian Caps developed by the Hanson Group. The Guardian Cap is a soft-shell helmet covering created to reduce the impact from blows to the head. Although they cannot reduce or prevent concussions, they can help reduce the impact of every hit by up to 33 percent.

 

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Pouches' Community Corner

Adoptive parents in Fredericksburg now have a new partner on their journey to a healthy family. In 2016, Children’s Home Society was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services to extend their Richmond area post-adoptive services to the Fredericksburg area.

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Now CHS is looking to find adoptive families in the area who need support before they hit a crisis point. “It doesn’t matter which agency they adopted from, or when that happened,” said Buckheit. “We want to offer a lifetime of support to adoptive families in the Fredericksburg area, especially those who haven’t been aware of our services in the past.”

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