If your child plays sports, there is a chance they may experience a concussion at some point. That is, if they haven’t had one already. What is a concussion? Well, a concussion occurs when a person experiences a blow to the head that causes a change in how their brain functions.
Now, don’t be fooled into thinking that your child hasn’t had one just because they didn’t lose consciousness following that sports injury. A loss of consciousness may not happen, and the symptoms of a concussion may only last for less than 15 minutes, but there are steps that should be taken in case of a concussion.
- Rest – The injured participant should come out of the game and sit on the sidelines for the remainder of the game, so the brain has time to heal. Not only should they not return to the game that day, they should not resume play as long as the symptoms continue.
- Avoid repeat concussions – More concussions can cause brain swelling, brain damage, longterm disabilities, or death.
- Protect yourself – Whatever sport your child plays, it is important that they wear all available safety equipment for that sport. It is equally important to make sure that equipment is properly fitted and and maintained.
- Upper Cervical – Sometimes, when a person experiences aconcussion, the brain may literally rattle around in the head. An upper cervical specialist will examine them to see if the collision caused a misalignment in their neck that could lead to further complications.
Of course, falls and accidents happen, and kids will be kids. But we know you want the best for your kid, and that’s why we’re confident that while kids may be kids, parents will be parents. Don’t let what is just a minor accident become more and take away their childhood.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/