Concussions are a common occurrence in sport. Sport participation is an important part of our children’s development and it is our responsibility as health care providers, parents, coaches and trainers to keep our children safe and help them excel as they continue to grow and progress in their sport.
Many athletes have concussion symptoms which resolve within 7-10 days. It can take children longer to recover, and they are more susceptible to concussion than adults. As children age, deficits that were more subtle, can become more evident. Returning to play too soon after a concussion can result in a worsening of symptoms and slow recovery. With more than one concussion the effects are cumulative, worse with each concussion. Returning to play too soon can result in permanent brain injury causing chronic headaches and fatigue, difficultly with balance, coordination, and thinking (memory, concentration, fatigue, behavioural problems) and other changes so that your child could no longer be involved in sport and may have difficulty with recreation, completing school work and employment challenges in the future.
At HCRC, we can assist you to understand concussion and to follow current standards regarding concussion assessment and treatment.
Current guidelines recommend all athletes be removed from play if they exhibit ANY signs and symptoms of concussion and that a step-wise return to sport be followed with a minimum of 24 hours between each step.