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:
- A concussion is a traumatic brain injury
- Bell-ringers and dings are concussions
- All concussions are serious
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness
- Concussions can occur without memory loss
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can prevent further injury or even death
- Most athletes can safely return to play after recovery
- Everyone recovers at their own rate
- In general, the younger the athlete is, the longer the recovery
- Both cognitive and physical rest are the key to recovery
- 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.