Is your daughter or son at risk for a concussion?
Millions of Americans and their loved ones have had personal experience with concussion. What’s sometimes deemed a “mild brain injury” – though a substantial number of cases are not, in fact, mild – a concussion results from a blow to the head or when the head is violently shaken, the short-term effects which can include headaches, dizziness, memory loss and issues with balance and coordination, for example. When treated correctly, these symptoms are usually temporary. However, concussion symptoms often go undiagnosed and can result in “the post-concussive syndrome” , and in other more extreme cases, even lead to death from brain swelling.
Children are unfortunately one of the most at-risk groups for sustaining a concussion. About half of the estimated 3.8 million sports-related concussions reported in the U.S. each year occur in children or adolescents, with hospital emergency rooms citing bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer as the most frequent offenders. (In high school sports, rates are highest for football and girls’ soccer.)
But the risk doesn’t end with sports: falls are now the leading cause of brain injury for the majority of children from infancy to age 4, and close to a quarter of all brain injuries in children under 15 years are related to blunt trauma, including child abuse.
For concerned parents who want to protect their children from concussions and the serious side effects, the first step is identifying the risks that are most likely to put them in harm’s way.
Take my quiz to find out if your son or daughter is likely at risk for a concussion, now or in the future. It only takes a few minutes; and with your results, you’ll receive tips for helping your child avoid dangerous behaviors or situations that might result in a concussion.
While it isn’t possible to shield your kids from every scrape or bump in life, it is possible to help reduce their chance of suffering a concussion through a little awareness and prevention. Let’s get started!