Whether it’s from basketball or football, concussions are becoming more common in today’s sports. If you suspect your child is experiencing one, there are several steps you can take, from having them evaluated at a local health care facility to following the advised protocol. Below are a few guidelines, such as the signs to watch out for, to get you started.
How to Address a Concussion
1. Know the Signs
When an athlete takes a hard hit, whether from a collision with another player or equipment, it’s essential to evaluate them for the signs of a concussion. They impact the body in three different ways—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Physical symptoms include a headache, dizziness, balance problems, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or noise; emotional signs include irritability, sadness, and moodiness; mental indications of a brain injury involve confusion, difficulty focusing, and trouble with memory. If one or more of these issues are present, have them evaluated at a health care facility.
2. Manage It
Once an athlete has been diagnosed with a concussion, it’s important to manage the injury for the following weeks. The child may experience symptoms for several days after the injury, whether it’s headaches, nausea, memory problems, or trouble speaking. It’s important to monitor them for any signs of the condition worsening; for instance, if it escalates to vomiting, extreme fatigue, or severe personality changes. If this occurs, take them to a professional for further testing.
3. Get Cleared for Play
Even if no symptoms persist, you should have a follow-up visit at a health care facility to ensure the child is cleared to return to play. Most association-regulated sports require a release from a medical professional before an athlete can return to practice. Once this happens, take steps to ensure they do not suffer another concussion by providing them with equipment that fits and educating them about the sport.
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