Take Steps to Protect Your Child Against Concussions

Whether a child participates in organized sports, likes to ride a bike, or just plays with friends on the playground, parents should know how to recognize the signs of a concussion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, a concussion “is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works.” While they can be caused by a blow to the head, concussions also result from whiplash, “a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth,” the CDC states on its website.

In fact, an article published in the October 2003 issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, states that 70 percent of youth sports concussions are made more severe by whiplash. Read more