The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has classified some “contact sports” as being riskier than some “non-contact sports.” Though the classification may not exactly be apt, specifying the risk associated with certain sports has certainly made parents take precautions against risky head injuries, while still promoting a healthy lifestyle. One of the most common results of head injuries is a concussion. Concussions are defined as complex process affecting the brain, brought on by biomechanical forces (like a blow to the head, car crash, etc.). Their symptoms include headaches, brief loss of consciousness, nausea, and/or dizziness. Symptoms of a concussion are usually short-lived and are a result of a temporary shift in brain neurotransmitters. However, here are top five facts about concussions which will help you deal with them efficiently.
If you think your child has suffered a concussion, the first step is to get the attention of the on-site health worker or team coach who should be trained to handle such situations. Allow them to perform a proper sideline assessment. Getting an immediate analysis of how your child is doing after a possible severe impact is the first step to protecting them from worsening the injury.
While 80% of concussion symptoms improve within a couple of weeks, prolonged symptoms are not uncommon. If you feel that your child has not recovered completely or is not showing signs of recovery, bring him to a healthcare provider. They will use the Standardized Concussion Assessment tool- 5th edition (SCAT 5) or its modified version to track symptoms and help to estimate recovery. Resting alone cannot help to calm symptoms of concussion and need to be combined with an individualized symptom-based approach. Prescribed rest can be ineffective without taking into account an individual’s symptom and history. Interventions such as therapies, medicines, activity modulation tests can help to shorten the duration of post-concussion symptoms.
Like any other injury, head injuries were also believed to get better with adequate resting. However, as discussed earlier, determining the right amount of rest is a major component of early evaluation and diagnosis is an injury by a trained medical professional.
Post-concussive evaluation and monitoring by a medical professional is extremely crucial to determine the well being and path to recovery for your child.
Research and studies have indicated that a gradual reentry in the sport is actually productive in the healing process to someone with a concussion.
Once your child recovers from the injury, you need to be aware of the relative risks and plan to eliminate or at least reduce the risks. It is easier to sustain a second concussion than the first one.
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