Concussions have become a hot topic of research over the past few years as more and more kids and adolescents are having concussions as a result of playing sports. I have certainly seen it in our practice as more head injuries are being classified as concussions. All the schools in the Centre Region now have protocols in place for dealing with the acute concussion injury as well as safe return to sports as their symptoms improve. Student athletes undergo neuropsychologic testing prior to play to give trainers and physicians a baseline that can then be tested against. There are still many questions that remain. How many concussions are too many? Is every head injury a concussion? Should all athletes wear protective headgear? Fortunately, much research in this area is ongoing as we try to learn the best strategies for protecting our student-athletes.
Children's Hospital Colorado has some great tips for parents who are wondering how to identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion and what to do if you suspect your child has one. There are some great Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources at the end of the article, too.