Texans regard sports more as a religion and less as a hobby. As soon as they're potty trained, we sign our kids up for just about anything our local recreation centers offer. And while there are many benefits to playing sports at a young age, doing so doesn't come without risks, as any parent who's ever signed a consent form knows.
One of those risks is concussions.
If not treated properly, a concussion can put a child at risk for serious, long-term effects. In fact, a concussion has more effect on kids than adults because kids' brains are still developing. This is regardless of where the injury occurred, whether on a playground or playing field.
Helpful sports concussion resources for parents, coaches and other caregivers.
- Sports concussion safety sheet. The following safety sheet is in pdf format for easy download, printing and distribution. We encourage you to use and share these.
- Know the signs of a concussion. Only 47 percent of concussions in high school athletes are reported. We can improve this if players, parents and coaches learn to recognize the signs of a concussion.
- Cheerleaders with Concussions: Guidelines for Return-to-play.
- Safety gear reduces risk of injury. This chart shows required, recommended and optional safety gear for various sports.