Most kids, most athletes in fact can take a good knocking around, brush themselves off and keep on going. But when it comes to a head injury, a concussion, well you'd better be careful.
Just yesterday, actress Natasha Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson had a serious head injury from a minor trauma while skiing. Now she's in the hospital, reportedly brain dead and fighting for her life. I wish her all the best in her fight for life.
But what about that blow to the head your son or daughter took at their city league or high school game? Are they still complaining of a headache? difficulty concentrating? ringing in their ears? visual disturbances? nausea??? Well there are many signs of a concussion and you'd better know if they still have one. I know you want them to shake it off and jump right back in the game, after all, next week is "The Big Game". But there are specific guidelines set up to know if they can or should get back in the game, or sit out another week or 2 or 4. Following up with a good sports physician or neurologist is critical and can be the difference between normal life or death, or a very abnormal life as you'll see in this You Tube video.
From a professional standpoint (and as a parent), 1-head trauma is enough and can be very serious by itself. But couple that with a second concussion and you're in a totally new ball game. Ever heard of "Second Impact Syndrome"??? If not, you should. It’s a medical emergency and is a life & death situation. Pay close attention to this video and think twice when sending you kid back into the game before the symptoms of their first blow to the head are gone....and no, this isn't an isolated case. It has been written about in sports medicine, internal medicine and neurology journals for years.
Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.