As our kids become more active and youth sports become more competitive, concussions are becoming very prevalent among kids and teens. Luckily, coaches and sideline staff are trained to recognize the signs of a concussion and are taking action to prevent and treat concussions on the field. Athletes are being encouraged to sit out plays, games, and practices when a concussion is suspected. Rest is necessary after a concussion to allow the brain to heal; however, sometimes it isn’t enough to return the athlete to “normal”. Many times a concussion can have lingering effects including dizziness, difficulty concentrating, headaches, memory loss, and difficulty reading. This can carry over into personal life and academics and can significantly impact quality of life.
Bob Cranny, PT