There has been a lot of talk lately about concussions, especially in the NFL. With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, I think it’s a good time to address this issue with parents as they consider the potential risks that their children face playing sports.
Youth sports concussions are very common, but they do untold permanent damages to your child’s brain. Here’s what you need to know as a parent.
What is a concussion?
We hear about them a lot, but it can be hard to understand exactly what is happening in a person’s brain during a concussion. The CDC defines a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.”
The concussion is not just caused by impact to the head, but actually the brain being moved inside the skull and impacting with the hard skull bone. This is why helmets alone do not prevent concussions.