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As parents, we want our child’s experience in sports to be really fun and very positive. It’s about team, exercise and skill development. But in today’s world, protecting our kids during this experience is at the top of our minds, especially when it comes to head injuries.
My daughter is in the process of the “return to play” experience after she sustained a concussion while taking a handball to the face. Who would have thought playing handball in physical education class would result in a concussion? But as I understand it, different heads and brains have different tolerance levels for concussions, and I am now aware that my daughter is more prone.
Having been through the concussion diagnosis and assessment experience, I can say with certainty that the doctors know the drill. From her pediatrician, who first diagnosed her concussion, to the team of neurologists who assessed her and then cleared her to return to play, I was really impressed.
So as our kids continue their lacrosse seasons, if they show any sign of a concussion after a “knock” to the head — headaches, dizziness, trouble concentrating — protect their brains and get them assessed. Below are some excerpts and tips from Lacrosse Magazine and other US Lacrosse publications to remind us of the importance of the concussion diagnosis and return-to-play process. Importantly, ask your child’s school about neurocognitive baseline testing and return-to-place policies.
When your daughter’s doctor tells you she has sustained a concussion, a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts can run through your mind. It’s important to take a deep breath, listen to what the medical professionals are telling you, and then communicate effectively with both them and your child to ensure a complete recovery.
Stephen and Kelly Berger, who’ve played for the U.S. national teams, hosted the video “Concussions in Lacrosse: Signs, Symptoms, and Playing Safe.”
Sara Noon is the senior director of membership and regional development at US Lacrosse.
For more information on the diagnosis of and recovery from concussions, visit US Lacrosse’s concussion awareness section.
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