The Latest on Kids and Concussions

Today, I want to pass on an update about the newest developments regarding concussions and our kids. A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury. It results from a jolt or blow to the head. For our children and teens, one of the most common causes of concussion is involvement in youth contact sports. Football, soccer, and lacrosse are some of the sports where concussions are common. The latest research from the University of Cambridge says that for just about half of young concussion patients, they will not reach the stage of full recovery, even after six months. Some of the most persistent symptoms include depression, cognitive impairment, headaches, and fatigue. These findings should not only get us to reconsider the involvement of our younger children in certain sports, but we must also move away from the shake it off and get back out there attitude that can cause further damage. Parents, run point on stewarding the health of your kids.