Concussion: 11 Facts That Matter

Ahhhhh. At last spring is in the air. Along with pollen come new sports seasons – baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field and more. 

If you think that just because your child is not a football player, he or she is not at risk of concussion, think again.

Concussion can happen on or off the playing field (or court). Even riding a bicycle has a risk of concussion in the event of an accident.  So it’s important for parents, coaches AND kids to know the facts about concussion. Here are some of those facts:

  1. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury
  2. Bell-ringers and dings are concussions
  3. All concussions are serious
  4. Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness
  5. Concussions can occur without memory loss
  6. Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can prevent further injury or even death
  7. Most athletes can safely return to play after recovery
  8. Everyone recovers at their own rate
  9. In general, the younger the athlete is, the longer the recovery
  10. Both cognitive and physical rest are the key to recovery
  11. U.S. annual rate of sports/recreation related concussions: 3.8 million

For more information, including what to do when you suspect a concussion, visit the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center. There, you can download guides to concussion care for athletes, coaches, parents and teachers.


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