Five Things Parents Need to Know About Concussion Management

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Concussion management is just really starting to become a staple in youth sports since the publicity surrounding the NFL and its concussion danger denial. But there are still some relatively simple things that many parents don’t know about concussion that could prevent serious brain damage from occurring after a head injury.

  1. One concussion can lead to more serious concussions. We now know how vitally important it is to let the brain rest and fully heal following a concussion injury. Repeat concussions can cause lasting and permanent damage. Student athletes experiencing concussion symptoms should be benched until they can be evaluated.
  2. Every game should have an independent medical evaluator. Coaches and trainers are emotionally invested in the outcome of every game—they can’t be impartial when their job may depend on a win. If your child’s sports teams, school or otherwise, don’t have independent medical evaluators that the coaches listen to, then you need to speak up.
  3. Know the protocol. What is your sport/school/league’s protocol when it comes to concussion management? In some states, it’s state law that athletes suspected of having concussion are not allowed to play until they are medically cleared. Does your league, school district or state have this policy, and are the coaches, referees, and parents following it?
  4. Common concussion symptoms. Concussions aren’t always the result of direct hits and don’t always cause loss of consciousness. You should know how to recognize common concussion symptoms if your children play sports. Common symptoms include fatigue, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, head or neck pain, and sensitivity to light and sound. Concussions are most effectively treated in the first 24 hours after injury.
  5. Ignoring concussion can have permanent outcomes. Allowing an athlete to continue to play after suspected concussion puts them at greater risk for serious injury with the next concussion, which could include permanent brain damage. Athletes may lose the ability to function on emotional, cognitive, or physical levels. They may develop mood problems or experience personality changes that impact their social, family or work life for the rest of their lives.

Elevate Health Clinics has its primary location in Dallas across from Baylor Downtown for your convenience, as well a trusted network of providers to help you get the care you need. From chiropractors, orthopedics, and pain management specialists, to finding an attorney to help bring your accident claim, we can help you get all your accident needs managed so that you can focus on what’s most important: your recovery. Make an appointment today by calling 855-435-3828, or email us at info@elevateclinics.com.

This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, consult with a health care provider.

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