As a pediatric sports medicine and concussion specialist, I say it nearly every day. Many of you have heard me talk about young athletes and concussion, and this week I had another great opportunity to get the word out.
With every interview or presentation I do, I know one more coach, parent or athlete learns that concussion is a brain injury and needs to be taken seriously.
Here are the most important things to remember if you even suspect a young athlete may have a concussion:
- Immediately remove the athlete from play.
- He or she should not return without medical clearance.
- Athletes should never return to play if they still are having symptoms.
- Kevin Walter, MD, pediatric sports medicine specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Dr. Walter is the program director of Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and assistant professor of Orthopedics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.