Did you know that withstanding any head injury — even a seemingly minor one — makes children susceptible to a concussion? Each year, thousands of youngsters suffer concussions, which often remain undiagnosed. The good news is that following a few simple guidelines suggested by Dr. Smith can dramatically cut your child’s odds of enduring a concussion.
The brain is a soft organ cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the skull. Normally, the spinal fluid keeps the brain from banging into the skull. However, in the case of a concussion, the brain “hits” the skull, resulting in a temporary loss of brain function.
Dr. Smith teaches patients that, while concussions range in severity from mild to severe, all temporarily interfere with brain activity. Concussions may affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and coordination.
It’s also vital to be aware that signs or symptoms of concussions often fail to appear until days — or even weeks — following a head trauma.
Tips to help prevent concussions:
- Keeping regularly scheduled chiropractic appointments will help maintain proper range of motion, balance and reduce risks for accidental falls.
- Use protective equipment including safe footwear and helmets.
- Practice good sportsmanship, and follow the rules of the sport.
- Re-think body checking.
If you think you child has suffered from a concussion, get a chiropractic evaluation, take a timeout and keep coaches and teachers informed.