Children many times are too eager to get back on the playing field following
a sports injury. Coaches may also put a child back in the game before
he or she is physically ready. It is up to parents, then, to make sure
enough time has passed for the injury to heal before allowing their child
to resume participation in a sports activity. Re-injuries can easily occur
when the initial injury has not completely healed. Long-term health problems
can also result when a child compensates for an injury by changing the
way he or she lands or moves.
concussion is one serious sports injury of which children need adequate time to recover.
The length of recovery correlates with the number of concussions the child
has sustained. Even where it is the first concussion the child has ever
experienced, the child may need up to twelve days to recover. The signs
and symptoms of a concussion include:
- Dazed stare.
- Sensitivity to light and sound.
- Changes in reaction time.
- Difficulties with balance, memory, speech, judgment, and/or coordination.
- Loss of consciousness 10% of the time.
Devices advertised to prevent concussions are many times too good to be
true. Such devices detect impact to the head. They should not be used
if they lack empirical evidence to show an actual reduction in the risk
of concussions. Even with the testing to back their claims, the devices
will not prevent concussions caused by forceful impact to the body, which
further shakes the brain against the skull. It is, then, really up to
parents to advocate for adequate healing and recovery time for their child
following a sports injury.