Each year, thousands of children and teens suffer a concussion — and only about half are sports related. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to shake, and possibly hit the inside of the skull. The shaking and/or hit against the skull may impact the brain’s ability to function and can result in serious side effects. Surprisingly, only 10 percent of children with concussions report “being knocked out”, or loosing consciousness. Some of the symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately after the injury, while others may not show up for several days.
Your child should ALWAYS see a primary care doctor if you think s/he has a concussion. The primary care physician can discuss symptoms and help you create a plan of care. That plan will consist of physical and mental rest. It is important to allow sufficient time for the brain to rest, so that it is able to heal. Your child should stay home from school until the symptoms are significantly improved. You will need to reintroduce mental activity slowly, as your child feels better. Your pediatrician can help guide this gradual process.
However, missing school for any length of time (and not doing homework to stay current) can be a huge set back -not just academically, but emotionally as well. The best way to speed healing of the brain after a concussion is to have your child treated with a course of microcurrent therapy. MicroCurrent Healing and MicroCurrent 4 Kids uses the most advanced microcurrent devices on the market, equipped with technology that seeks out damaged tissue and auto-corrects it’s signal to send the most beneficial and healing current directly to the areas that need it the most. No other treatment can do this! The results are a quicker recovery, less time missed from school, and far fewer concerns about the potential long-term consequences of this type of injury.
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So I am sharing some summer sport safety tips to keep your child playing hard all summer long!
Protective Gear –Helmets are obviously the number one used protective item. And most parents are sure to buy them for their kids when they get new bikes, scooters, or skateboards. However, as your child’s skill set and confidence grows, he/she may be more likely to stop wearing a helmet, or stop wearing it correctly. Regularly check-in with your kids and re-emphasize the importance of continuing to use helmets, and of fastening the straps. Wearing a helmet with an unbuckled chinstrap is like not wearing a helmet at all.
Warming Up –Your job as a parent is to set your child up for a win –literally and figuratively. Arriving prior to a practice or game with enough time to allow your child to jog for a few minutes and stretch will ensure your child’s body is set up to win. Slow, gradual stretching helps lengthen muscles and increases circulation and muscle temperature. That way, your child’s muscles are ready to go and are much less likely to get hurt.
Staying Hydrated –When compared to adults, kids are at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated. In part, because their bodies are less effective at sweating yet they can produce more heat during exercise. And I’m sure you know from watching your kids play, they often get so wrapped up in what they’re doing that they forget to break for a drink. That’s why it’s important for parents to help them stay hydrated. Look for creative ways to encourage your child to drink water throughout the day and at meal times, not just during physical activity.
Don’t let them Play when they’re Injured -This is a really important one. If your child loves sports, it’s tempting to let him/her get right back in the game, even after an injury. But allowing them to play when they’re hurt — or before an injury has had a chance to fully heal — is a bad idea. It can lead to an even worse injury, one that might sideline him/her for a very long time. You should seek appropriate medical care, but you can also look into ways to help your child heal faster! MicrocurrentHealing has helped many student athletes get back on the field, MUCH faster than if they had only followed their doctor’s orders for ice, rest, and elevation. Click here to read about this amazing, safe, and non-invasive technique.