Why kids can’t just shake off a concussion
Traumatic brain injuries in young athletes are up, even as we learn more about the devastating consequences of a concussion in children.
With Tennessee high school football in full swing, concussions are top of mind for many concerned parents, for good reason. Earlier this year, San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland called it quits after concerns of lasting damage from head trauma. And, for many football players — whether professional or high school — it’s possible the trauma started in youth leagues.
An athlete who experiences a concussion should be removed from play immediately and evaluated by a health care professional. While symptoms generally resolve in seven to 10 days, some athletes may need weeks or months before recovering. Even worse, repeat concussions lengthen recovery times and sometimes result in second impact syndrome.
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