Published date: March 31, 2021
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by a bump or a blow to the head. Even a mild blow can be a serious matter.
Symptoms of a concussion may last for days or weeks. Your young athlete may have a concussion if he/she:
If you believe your child has a concussion, seek medical attention right away. The CDC has clear guidelines for assessing and treating concussions. A health care professional will follow standardized assessment procedures, looking for warning signs, and asking questions about pre-existing conditions. Your child's caregiver will provide detailed instructions for home care and recommendations for when your child can return to school on a modified or full schedule.
The most critical home-care instruction: follow the "return-to-play" protocol as instructed by your child’s physician. The brain needs time to heal after a concussion. Children who resume activity or begin playing too soon after an injury are at higher risk for another concussion. Second or multiple concussions can cause permanent brain damage or even death. After medical clearance, return to play should follow a step-wise protocol with provisions for delayed return to play based upon any lingering signs or symptoms.