Since a concussion can be devastating to a young athlete, parents and those overseeing youth sports must be well-versed in the signs and symptoms of a concussion and also keep an injured child out of the activity until fully recovered. Kids take longer to recover from a concussion than adults; in some cases they may need to refrain from sports or physical activity for up to six weeks.
“When recovering, resting the brain is vital,” said Batjer, who also co-chairs the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee. “That means no watching television, reading or surfing the internet. The injured child needs to sleep and remove stimuli while they are getting over a concussion.”
Last year, Illinois passed a new law to help protect student athletes from concussions. To help coaches, parents and athletes understand sports-related concussions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made a number of resources available through their Heads Up: Concussions in Youth Sports program. The CDC also has resources available for TBI information.
Remember to play safe and be mindful of the signs and symptoms of concussion in order to prevent long term injury.