school sports are gearing up for the fall season, and, with
that, comes the risk of concussions. If a child gets a
concussion, removing him or her from play is a key part of
treatment and recovery. Mayo Clinic experts have developed a
screening program that involves testing brain function skills,
such as memory, reaction time and recall before the sports
season begins. Then, if concussions happen, retesting can
determine when itís safe for athletes to return to the game.
sports are in full play at many schools. All kids are at risk
of concussion, especially those in contact sports.
concussion happens when thereís a force transmitted to the
brain," says Dr. Jennifer Maynard, a Mayo Clinic sports
Maynard helped initiate a pre-concussion screening program at
Mayo Clinic. "Follow my finger."
athletes start, they go through testing to determine whatís
normal. Then, if they get a concussion, theyíre screened
again and canít return to play until their test scores are
back to baseline.
in doubt, sit them out, because you donít want to put them
at risk for getting a subsequent injury that could lead to
longer-lasting effects," says Maynard.
of concussion include headache, blurry vision, confusion,
balance problems, sleep disturbances and emotional issues,
such as anxiety and sadness. If you suspect a concussion, pull
the child from play, and follow up with a health care