Friday, October 17, 2008

Sobering realities

The High School football player who sustained two concussions 3 weeks apart has died (cite)

As adults/parents, we know that hiding the symptoms is dangerous, and we cannot rely on young kids to know or report their symptoms. Unfortunately, the burden is on us to monitor symptoms of their kids, even when the sport is not a "collision sport."

New research is suggesting that recovery times be extended to 3-4 weeks following a concussion
...Dr. Lester Mayers in last month's Archives of Neurology. “Nevertheless, given the prevalence of sports head (injuries) and the numbers of young brains at risk, a postconcussion (return-to-play) interval of at least four weeks is imperative.”

The catch phrase: "When in doubt, sit them out."