Posted on 8/3/2015
Concussions are some of the most common injuries in active kids who participate
in athletic activities. In most cases, concussions will heal fully with
minimal complications, but there are some important warnings to keep in
mind when it comes to this type of injury. If your child is on an afterschool
sports team, here are the essential facts that you should share about
concussions to avoid long-term problems with these injuries.
There is a wide range of concussion symptoms
A concussion will typically result from a blow to the head from another
player, a hard surface, or an airborne piece of equipment. Immediately,
a headache will probably be the most notable symptom. In the days following
a concussion, your child might have trouble sleeping, blurry vision, confusion,
or problems with balance. Since these symptoms may not be evident to you
as a parent, you should encourage your child to
speak up if he or she has any of these symptoms.
Concussions can have lingering side effects
Without the right treatment, concussions may lead to repeat injuries that
can cause brain swelling over time. Even a single concussion might have
long-term side effects if a child returns to play after sustaining an
injury or does not see a doctor for screening after getting hurt. To be
sure that your child is safe, you might have a discussion with his or
her coach about the team’s return-to-play policy after head injuries.
A concussion might disrupt schoolwork
If your child does sustain a concussion, you might ask the pediatrician
for a doctor’s note to share with your child’s teachers. It
can take some time for children to be back to full capacity in the classroom
as they recover from injuries sustained on the field.
When you need
emergency care or pediatric orthopedic services in Las Vegas, Sunrise Children’s
Hospital is there for your family with a child- and teen-friendly environment
with access to the resources of the Sunrise Health Hospital group. To
learn more about our services, give us a call at (702) 233-5437 or visit
our website today.