If you’ve ever had a concussion, particularly multiple ones, if you have children in athletics in school, this is a must-read. I happened to have indexed this book prior to publication (I receive no compensation or incentive from author or publisher to write a review), and it was rather timely, since I was an NFL football fan, and the problems with concussions there were just coming to light. I no longer watch the NFL, and this book is one of the main reasons, not just the talk on TV and the lawsuits.
Moser is a neuroscientist on a very important mission; to enlighten folks on not only the cognitive and psychological damage that is caused by multiple concussions and what to look for in symptoms, but the importance of the right therapy for the right length of time to minimize the long-term negative effects, which can lead to clinical depression and even suicide. A scary book in some respects, but oh, so necessary in our culture of being tough on the playing field.
There are so many traditional misconceptions on how to treat concussion, and Moser deals with all of them, providing research results and clinical advice on how victims need to be treated for optimum recovery. Her whole focus is on making this information accessible to parents and coaches, who are the “deciders” in terms of how to approach concussion in youthful players.
The things that surprised me most about treatment for concussion were how long a concussion victim should rest, and that rest involves total mental as well as physical rest; not even TV. But with the proper time for recovery (and we’re talking weeks not days), a concussion sufferer can avoid very difficult and long-term neuropsychological problems.
At times, Moser may come across pretty strongly in her passion for her mission, mainly because she challenges the whole “get back in there as soon as possible” attitude about getting your “bells rung.” Any parent, though, after reading her book, needs to look long and hard at the effect of contact sports in particular and do the right things to protect their children. Although it’s well nigh impossible to make sports totally safe, a lot can be done to minimize the impact of concussion on youthful players, thus saving them a lifetime of grief.
You can find this book on Amazon here.