Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is very common among youth. The leading cause of traumatic brain injury is falls, motor vehicle accidents and bicycle crashes. About 21% of all traumatic brain injury is from sports and recreational activities and half of all concussions evaluated by physicians and not admitted to the hospital are sport or recreation related. All concussions are serious and can have permanent effects. Prevention is paramount with use of seat belts and appropriate helmets in sports and bicycle riding.
Early diagnosis and treatment of concussion are vital in optimizing recovery. Utah House Bill 204 legislates that amateur sport organizations have a head injury policy in place that parents sign prior to participating in sports. It requires the removal of any youth from a sporting event when concussion is suspected and prohibits a child from returning to participation until medically cleared by a qualified health-care provider trained in evaluation and management of concussion.
Early and complete rest is crucial to avoiding further concussion injury, improving symptoms, and decreasing lasting effects. Concerned coaches appreciate the importance of observing for concussion symptoms, but in the intensity and complexity of competitive athletics it is easy for subtle signs and symptoms to go unnoticed. It’s a parent’s duty to be aware of concussion symptoms and to educate their youth. Athletes and youth with significant or seemingly minor head injury should be pulled from activities or sport participation and rested with any of the following symptoms: headache, nausea, dizziness, light or noise sensitivity, foggy thinking or difficulty concentrating, confusion or acting dazed.
Pediatricians at Canyon View Pediatrics qualified providers in concussion evaluation are continually learning the latest scientific information including state of the art concussion management. We would like to see your youngster as soon as possible after a concussion and have assessment tools in the office to guide proper care. Remember to rest your youth both physically and mentally from activities and school until evaluation takes place.