Care & Management

What should you do if you think your child has a concussion?

Seek medical attention right away.  A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities, including sports.

Keep your child out of play.  Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing— risk a greater chance of having a repeat concussion. Repeat or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent  brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime.

Tell your child’s coach about any previous concussion.  Coaches should know if your child had a previous concussion. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child  received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

What to Do Next? (10-21 days)

Consulting with a qualified health care provider that has access to a management team is an important step.  They can help direct care and address the needs of non-resolving concussions.  Visit the Meet the Team page to find a qualified provider.