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If your child is active in sports, chances are pretty good that they may experience a concussion at some point. In most cases, a concussion is mild and will heal quickly. But a concussion may also cause serious and sometimes long-term effects. That's why sports medicine specialist, Nicole Pitts, D.O., says it's important for your child to receive treatment immediately when they've experienced a head trauma. If you’re unfamiliar with concussions, the following will help identify the signs or symptoms of a concussion and how it is treated.
So, what exactly is a concussion? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
Sometimes symptoms may be subtle and not obvious and many can last days, weeks or months. This is why it's important to have your child checked out after a head injury.
Some symptoms are very serious and require immediate attention. For loss of consciousness or any of the red flag, or warning, symptoms go to the nearest emergency room immediately. Red flag symptoms include:
It's important that your child doesn't return to sports on the day of the concussion or until symptoms are resolved and your child is cleared by a medical. After a concussion, children and adolescents can have symptoms that make school more challenging. A sports medicine specialist can assess the symptoms, recommend school accommodations and work closely with school athletic trainers for a collaborative approach in return-to-school and return-to-play.
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