What To Do If It Happens
Keep your teen out of play.
If your teen has a concussion, her/his brain needs time to heal. Don’t let your teen return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says your teen is symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)—can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.
Seek medical attention right away.
A health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your teen to return to sports.
Teach your teen that it’s not smart to play with a concussion.
Rest is key after a concussion. Sometimes athletes wrongly believe that is shows strength and courage to play while injured. Discourage others from pressuring injured athletes to play. Don’t let your teen convince you that s/he’s “just fine.”
Tell all of your teen’s coaches, athletic trainers, and the student’s school nurse about ANY concussion.
Coaches, athletic trainers, and school staff should know if your teen has ever had a concussion. Your teen may need to limit activities while s/he is recovering from a concussion. Your teen may need to limit activities while s/he is recovering from a concussion. Things such as studying, driving, working on a computer, playing video games, or exercising may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse. Talk to your health care professional, as well as your teen’s coaches, athletic trainers, school nurse, and teachers. If needed, they can help adjust your teen’s school activities during her/his recovery.
This information is from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.