May 14, 2015
Post By: Children's Health
There are an estimated 50 million kids playing competitive youth sports in the United States. Some of the sports where athletes are most vulnerable to sports-related concussions are listed below.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain hits the inside of the skull. Most often this occurs due to a direct blow to the head, but concussions can also occur when the body is hit hard and the head snaps forward or backward. While concussions are typically not life threatening, sport-related concussions should be closely watched by doctors, coaches and parents because appropriate management is essential for reducing the risk of long-term symptoms and complications. Signs and symptoms of a concussion are not always immediate but may occur after a short delay.
An athlete with signs of a concussion should be removed from play immediately and not allowed to return until evaluated by a doctor. Do not leave the athlete alone after a concussion.
Most athletes with a concussion will recover completely within a few weeks of the initial injury. Returning to play before completely recovering puts the athlete at risk for a more serious injury, long-term damage and even death.
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