On the playing field or even during playtime at home, how do you know if a collision brings on a concussion? Tuesday in our segment HealthWise at Five, Dr. Jeremy Dalton, a Covenant pediatrician, explained a good rule of thumb when it comes to hard knocks.
Dr. Dalton advises that when an athlete has taken a hard hit or has a concussion, "They need to sit out at least 20 minutes, and that's if they're completely asymptomatic right after the event. But if they have a more serious concussion, involving confusion or loss of consciousness, then they will need to sit out for much longer. If it's a serious concussion, then they need to be out a week or a month even".
Dr. Dalton adds that if it is a concussion, the child needs to see a doctor to rule out any problems before returning to a game. He also says to remember that the best way to prevent a head injury is, from riding a bike to playing sports, to wear a helmet.