Sports: Kids and Concussions

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about national initiatives to prevent concussions, head injuries and the long-term damages they can cause.  This is because more and more evidence-based support is arising around the serious, long-term damage repeated head injuries can inflict. Guidelines are changing on how medical professionals treat concussions in children.  Doctors now view concussion as a very serious condition, in which treatment must be individualized.  Before, they didn’t?!?

 

First and foremost, it is important to understand what a concussion is and the signs and symptoms of the condition.  A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.  Symptoms of a concussion that parents should be aware of include the child appearing dazed, stunned, confused about events, answering questions slowly, repeating questions, becoming irritable easily, having difficulty recalling events prior to the injury or losing consciousness (even briefly). Over time, sufferers of a concussion may exhibit behavior or personality changes, experience changes in sleep or forget class schedules and assignments.