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Concussion Tips For Parents

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  • Any signs or symptoms may signal concussion.
  • Signs and symptoms may occur days after impact.
  • An athlete doesn't need to hit his head to suffer a concussion.
  • Helmets and mouth guards do not prevent concussions.
  • Neuroimaging (CT/MRI) studies are usually normal with concussion.
  • Youth athletes require more cautious, conservative care.
  • A second hit before healing from the first can cause rare Second Impact Syndrome.
  • Immediate rest (both physical and cognitive) helps reduce recovery time.
  • Practice Brain Hygiene (baseline neuropsychological testing).