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Protect your child from concussion!

The Associated Press recently released an article regarding an announcement from the United States Soccer Federation. The organization stated that kids under the age of 10 should no longer be allowed to do “headers,” either in practice or on the field.

They also announced that children between the ages of 11 and 13 should be evaluated by an appropriate medical professional, not a coach if there’s any presumption of a concussion.

What Are the Signs of a Concussion?

Parents as well need to be aware of the symptoms of a concussion. It’s important to refrain from pressuring your child into getting back into the game, even if they’re showing slight signs of head injury. Instead, support them in resting and getting the medical attention that they need to recover fully and not be in jeopardy of sustaining Second Impact Syndrome.

Signs of Potential Concussion

  • Balance problems
  • Confusion
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Dizziness and “seeing stars”
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Headache
  • Inability to read
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Pressure in the head
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech

What Should You Do?

Some symptoms occur immediately and some are delayed for days or weeks. Keep in mind as well, that many children won’t complain about how they feel because they want to be able to keep playing their sport!

Be alert to any changes in your child’s behavior, whether obvious or subtle following injury. Have them assessed by someone who’s qualified to conduct a concussion assessment, or is trained in sports injury management or neurology. Red Deer Chiropractor, Dr Norman Hoffman is here to help!


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