Dr. Arno Fried Featured in Article on Youth Concussions in Sports

youth-footballDr. Arno Fried was recently featured in a major article in the Asbury Park Press. The half-page piece in this daily paper is titled “Understand the risks of concussions” (Tuesday, October 21) and included valuable information from Fried regarding concussions in youth athletes. Dr. Fried has a unique viewpoint that avoids sounding the “alarm bell” in favor of the “school bell” — that is, with the goal of educating young people and their families on recognizing concussions and determining the importance of when to return to play. As a neurosurgeon whose focus is the brain, and the father of two grown sons who played college sports — Dr. Fried has a rare exercise in this topic.

“The beginning of October was tragic, when three high school football players in different states suddenly died in football-related events. None of the accounts have publicized an exact physical cause of death, but head injuries are always suspected. The deaths compound the controversial topic of concussions in youth sports, especially since a study last year by the Institute of Medicine found that high school football players are twice as likely to suffer concussions than even those in college.”

Read the full article.