There has been a lot of attention given to the serious consequences of
head injuries for professional athletes, but parents should also be aware
of the dangers posed to their children. Concussions occur when children
get a jolt, bump or blow to the head and are can be very bad for growing brains.
Only about 10% of concussion victims actually get knocked out by the blow.
This means that even if your child remains conscious after a blow to the
head, it’s possible that they could be suffering from a concussion.
A University of Montreal study showed that sports-related concussions are especially dangerous for teens.
The study found that teens experience deficits in working memory up to
a year after a concussion and teens who experienced a concussion were
more susceptible to depression.
Following a concussion, you child may experience one or more of these symptoms
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Blurry vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Memory loss
- Mood swings or being overly emotional
- Problems concentrating
Most of these symptoms should clear up on their own in a couple of days,
but if they get worse you must contact a medical professional immediate.
Especially if your child falls asleep and cannot be woken or if they begin
to vomit or the severity of their headache increases. In fact, always
seek medical attention when your child has suffered a blow to the head.
Speak with your child about the symptoms they can expect and ensure that
they keep you up to date on all of the symptoms they are experiencing.
It is of the utmost importance that your child be protected from a second
concussion during their recovery period.
Recovery periods vary in length, so be sure to ask your medical professional
how long to wait before allowing your child to participate in any activities
that may result in a second blow to the head. Getting another concussion
can lead to longer recovery periods or permanent damage.
Following a concussion, you child will need a lot of downtime not only
from physical activity, but also from mental stimulation. Ensure that
they get lost of rest and speak with your medical professional about a
time period for recovery.
Students that are injured during a sports event or practice must be removed
from the game and cannot play for at least 24 hours. They must be examined
by a medical professional and receive written clearance before resuming
Concussions need to be taken very seriously by teachers and parents alike.
It’s very important to keep your students informed about the consequences
and possibility of permanent damage. Helmets do make a difference, so
students should be encouraged to wear a helmet whenever they are participating
in any kind of activity that may result in concussion.