Sep 16, 2020 • 3 min read
A concussion can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, or by any fall or hit that jars the brain. Once your child has been diagnosed with the injury, how will you know if they are ready to return?
According toÂ SmartTeams, there are three stages to recovery:
Stage 1: Complete physical and cognitive rest
Stage 2: Light activity, such as walking, swimming, or stationary biking. No sports training.
Stage 3: Once your child is symptom-free through a full day of school, and can tolerate light aerobic activity, they can resume sport-specific training such as light jogging/running, throwing a baseball and kicking a soccer ball. There should be absolutely no head-impact activities.
Stage 4: When your child can tolerate sport-specific exercise, they may try non-contact drills and heavier, non-contact physical exercise such as sprinting and weightlifting.
Stage 5: At this point, with your doctorâ€™s approval and a coachâ€™s observation, your child can resume normal activity. Students must be evaluated and cleared (in writing) to play by a medical professional, as determined by your school district.
If your child has suffered a concussion, stick to these guidelines:
If during recovery you see any of the following symptoms, call 911:
Leading experts recommend that children and adolescents take a minimum of three weeks to rest before returning to sports after a concussion. It may seem like forever to your athleteâ€”and even to you. But when it comes to concussion safety, you must focus on the long term. Your childâ€™s full recovery and future health depend on it.
Janis Meredith is a family life coach who wants to help all parents raise champions. You can find out more at rcfamilies.com.