It is that time of year again when tailgates, hotdogs, bonfires, and football beckon us every weekend. So, it also means it is that time of year again to remind all athletes, parents and coaches about the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
The best weapon we have is concussion prevention and awareness. I know I have written about it before but there is still so much education to do. It is so important to our children’s developing brains that we do all we can to prevent concussions in the first place. Therefore, I think this bares repeating. All kids should wear properly fitted helmets and other safety gear when playing contact sports, biking, rollerblading, and skateboarding; or any other outdoor activity where speed and force can be an impact.
Unfortunately, kids will be kids and accidents happen. So, it is essential that parents and coaches are able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of a concussion so that children can get prompt treatment and cognitive rest. It is important to monitor children even when they seem to feel okay because a concussion is a moving target and symptoms can sometimes develop hours later. When we miss or dismiss such complaints, we put children at risk for recurrence and more prolonged recovery.