What Should You Do If You Think A Concussion Has Occurred?
1. Seek medical attention right away.
A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe to return to play.
2. Keep your child out of play until medically cleared.
Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play until a health care professional says it’s okay. Children, who return to play too soon, while the brain is still healing, risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.
3. Inform all coaches about any recent concussions.
Coaches should know if your child has a recent concussion. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell them.
4. Helping your child return to sports safely after a concussion.
As your child’s symptoms decrease, the extra help or support can be removed gradually. Children and teens who return to activities after a concussion may need to:
- Take rest breaks as needed,
- Spend fewer hours at activities,
- If in doubt, sit it out!