For Parents

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Concussions are a common sports injury that affects millions of Americans every year. Concussions are mild brain injuries, and all brain injuries are serious.

Most athletes with concussions get better over about two weeks, but some take longer. In fact, some concussions can last for months and cause significant problems in school and work. Some rare sports injuries can involve skull fracture or bleeding into the brain. This is one reason why medical attention is so important.

The symptoms of concussion happen due to a temporary malfunction of the brain cells rather than a structural injury to the brain tissue. Essentially, concussions are a software problem and not a hardware problem.

It is important that you tell your child’s school of the injury. They might have to let your child skip some classes, or make up some exams.

​We work closely with schools to make sure that they understand the limitations that your child is experiencing with their concussion. We will help you notify your child’s school and ensure a smooth transition back to class.

It is essential that athletes do not return to their sport until their symptoms have completely resolved. Athletes that return to play too early are at a much higher risk for repeat concussions.

The brain truly needs to rest to get better. That may mean postponing a hard a math test or limiting time on the computer. We may recommend that your child limit video games, texting and even homework. We also recommend that athletes avoid exercise and physical activity to ensure a speedy recovery.

We know it is not easy to keep an active young person from most of his or her favorite activities. You may need to be creative to come up with things that they can enjoy, and we will try to make suggestions that will work well for your child.

More information about concussion and how families cope is at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

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