Warm weather is here and spring sports are upon us. Each year an estimated 3.8 million sports and recreation – related concussions occur in the United States. These head injuries can have long lasting affects on kids. Be aware of risks and symptoms, and keep the game fun and safe for your sports superstars this season.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a bump or blow to the head. What may seem to be a mild injury can, in fact, be quite serious.
What are the sings and symptoms of a concussion?
If your child experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice be aware of the following:
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
How you and your child can prevent a concussion:
- Follow coach’s rules for safety
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times
- Wear the right protective equipment for the activity (equipment should fit properly and be well maintained)
- Wear a mouth guard to reduce risk of brain injury
What should I do if I think my child has sustained a concussion?
If you think that your child has experienced a concussion, get him/her evaluated by a medical professional. This will ensure the best path to recovery.