How Parents Can Recognize Signs of Concussions

football playerWe know that many professional and collegiate sports programs have various protocols in place to help recognize the potential signs of concussions. How can parents identify the potential problems and complications associated with suffering a concussion, though?

Parents have an important role following any kind of serious concussion, especially in college football and other sports. It can help parents recognize the potential of negligence on behalf of the program and their failure to follow up with the injury—often meaning those with a concussion are allowed to play before they’re cleared.

Here are some of the things you can do to recognize the problem.

Knowing the Basic Assessments

For any parent, having a clear idea of the assessments used to determine a concussion is imperative. For instance, you can test the abilities of your child by having him or her perform the balance test, such as standing on one foot and alternating.

There are some other potential tests such as the ImPACT test (some brain teasers), an eye movement test, and brain imaging. It’s important to keep record of how your child is performing in these various assessment tests so you can discuss with a medical professional.

What to Do After a Concussion?

Following a concussion, it’s important to continue the monitoring process to determine how much improvement your child sees. For instance, if he or she can continue to improve his or her balance, eye movement, and if brain imaging tests come back normal.

There must also be an understanding of when the athlete should be allowed to return to the sport. Returning too soon can lead to even further injuries as cognitive abilities are impaired, meaning significant harm or even further concussions.

At Shrader & Associates, we make it a point to represent those who have suffered harm and have not been protected by a university. We know that these individuals don’t have the same resources as those in the professional leagues, so it’s imperative to pursue compensation.

With our sports injury lawyers, you can rest assured our team will work hard to help you reach the outcome you need. Trust us to be your advocates throughout the entire process and pursue the justice and compensation you need to move forward.

Call our firm at (877) 958-7920 today to discuss what rights you may have.

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