Children and Sports Injuries Part One

Concussions

Grade 1 concussion is the most common, accounting for 90% of concussions.  It is also the most often overlooked concussion because it shows up in a very non dramatic way.  A player will seem:

  • Confused
  • Inattentive
  • Unable to recall a play
  • To mix up the order of things

In the sports our children play, concussions can occur when:

  • Heading the ball incorrectly in soccer
  • Tackling/charging in football
  • Checking in hockey
  • Running into goal posts
  • Banging heads with other players
  • Knocking head on ice or gym floor.

After writing this list, I have flashes of America’s Funniest Home Videos running in my head.  Perhaps that is what makes us dismiss these injuries and think that kids need to suck it up and that we shouldn’t baby them.  Having a second trauma after one of these seemingly minor head traumas can be deadly.  So it is worthy of our attention.

These children should be pulled from a game and observed for 24 hours.  If there is any loss of thinking ability or change in personality, sleeping patterns, activity levels, or vision for any period, kids should not go back in the game. Period. And there is something very serious that’s called second concussion syndrome-once the brain has been disturbed, if it has another trauma soon thereafter, sometimes uncontrolled swelling comes about, and it is almost 100 percent fatal. That earlier injury magnifies the effects of subsequent ones.

What can we do?

It is always a good idea to get your child checked by your chiropractor if they sustain one of these injuries.  If vertebrae is displaced, it can cause pressure on the nerves in that area and create future problems.  If you are concerned about your child athlete, please make an appointment to have their spine checked for interference.  It will NOT hurt and can make a world of difference in their growth, development and performance.