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When a High School Athlete Has a Concussion

Cranwell & Moore P.L.C. Feb. 11, 2017

Playing high school sports in Virginia provides your teen with the opportunity to learn teamwork and discipline, and typically also improves overall health and fitness. However, the risks for injury are always present. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we often see devastating results from head injuries to children and teens.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital warns that even a mild concussion causes brain damage. This makes it essential for you and your teen’s coaches to be aware of any accidents and watch carefully for signs and symptoms in the hours and days following. Every coach has the responsibility to report any event to you.

Because concussions are not visible, medical attention may be advisable after any head trauma, regardless of how seemingly mild. Medical professionals recommend that any teen who has been hit on the head should be taken out of the game or practice to ensure that the injury is not exacerbated. Any exercise at all immediately after a concussion may lead to a second head trauma, and subsequent concussions often cause the brain to swell.

When monitoring your teen for symptoms, you should watch for different sleep patterns, unusual fatigue or complaints of nausea, dizziness or headaches. Sensitivity to noise or light may also become problems. Signs of a concussion may be emotional, too, such as nervousness, irritability or mood swings. Your teen may have trouble with memory, focus or concentration, as well.

You should work closely with your child’s medical provider and coach to make sure that he or she is kept from physical activity until the injury has fully healed, to avoid the risk of permanent brain damage, paralysis or death. More information about brain injuries is available on our web page.