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If you have an athletic child, it is important to know how this condition can affect a child. Also, it is important to recognize someone with a concussion especially if your child participate in contact sports. Aside from football, many contact sports like volleyball, hockey, soccer, rugby and basketball have a risk for head injuries.
As parents, it is important to know what you need to look for when managing a concussion. Remember that the athlete does not have to have all the signs and symptoms they may only have one or a few. To help you better understand which signs and symptoms to look for in a child with a concussion, here are some examples.
If you think your child has a concussion, you need to bring them to a doctor to be assessed. Do not leave them alone. Teachers can be made aware of the condition of the child so they can monitor abnormal behaviors. However, if the symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, take your child back to his/her family doctor. The doctor will be providing you with further instructions that you can follow for the home management program.
There are different types of concussion that can be detect by the specialist. The severity of it can be evaluated by the doctor and will refer you to a neurosurgeon that specializes in concussion. Depending on the severity of the concussion, you will be advised by your doctor to manage the child’s condition until the signs and symptoms go away.
They may also recommend to see an Athletic Therapist for sports rehabilitation so that they can go back to play/school safely. The place to go that specializes in sports rehab for concussion is at the Sport Medicine Centre located at Sports for Life building.
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