If you are a parent and your child has ever suffered a blow to the head, you may have been worried about whether he or she would start demonstrating signs of having a concussion. A concussion is a type of head trauma that can result after a blow to the head, and it can prove highly serious and even deadly.
Dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be a terrifying experience for adults, but handling one in children can be even more stressful. Because kids are sometimes unable to locate the source of their pain or express their feelings to you, it is important to be aware of the signs of concussion in children, especially young toddlers and babies who cannot speak yet and are prone to falls. In fact, Stanford Children's Health states that there are an estimated half a million hospital visits for traumatic brain injury for children 13 years of age and younger per year. Head trauma is considered a leading cause of children's death and disability, making it extremely important to know the signs of concussion.
Stories about NFL players and brain injuries have been big news for a few years. Unfortunately, there is far less information about brain injuries in children who play football. With 3.5 million youth who play football, this is an enormous gap in child safety.
The movie "Concussion" is receiving considerable press due to the controversy over the NFL's responsibility to players who suffer concussions. According to Reuters, approximately 5,000 former NFL players have filed suit against the NFL over the league's handling of brain injuries.