How to Keep Your Kid Safe From Concussions

Keep your athlete safe from concussions by understanding the symptoms and knowing when to take action.

Concussions can be scary for parents. A concussion is an invisible injury that affects a young athlete's brain and can only be detected by watching carefully for symptoms.

For too long, concussions were ignored, since it's often physically possible to play a sport—albeit at an impaired level—with a concussion. Now, with new research and awareness of concussions and their long-term side effects, this habit is fading. But not fast enough.

Most coaches and medical staff should know when to pull an athlete out of a game. But sometimes, the systems in place break down. As a matter of fact, a recent study found that only 6 of 48 concussions were diagnosed on the sideline of NCAA Division I football games—a very alarming stat.


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