Concussion information has exploded in the media over the past five years, leaving parents of children of all ages asking questions.
Is concussion something for me to be concerned about? How serious is this?
Concussions are serious, yet, experts say that 80-90% of concussions resolve without intervention within 7-10 days. Concussions that do not resolve on their own require cautious monitoring and management.. It is essential to allow time for the concussion to completely resolve before resuming activity and risking another concussion before the initial one has resolved.
What started all this concern about concussion?
In 2001, experts from all over the world met to address concussions in sports and the following concerns: that many concussions were undiagnosed, athletes played their sports while still experiencing concussion symptoms, concussions were being dismissed as minor injuries, and new studies showed that a new approach to concussion management was necessary. Since the first conference in Prague in 2001, concussion literature has been revised (Prague 2004, Zurich 2008, Zurich 2012), updated, and enhanced to better reflect the consensus among concussion experts as it stands today.
As a parent, what should I do if my child has a concussion? What should I know about concussion?
The most important things for parents to know are:
- What signs and symptoms to look for if a concussion is suspected
- How to be sure your child’s concussion is properly managed; there is a wealth of new information and resources about concussions available for health care professionals, coaches, teachers, and parents
- How to become more knowledgeable about concussion in order to be the best advocate you can be if your child sustains a concussion.