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Sports Concussions

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The care team at Seattle Children’s will help you decide the best treatment for your child’s injury. The treatment for most concussions is rest and time. Here are some recommendations to help the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

Rest

Your child should do only the activity needed to get around during the day – no sports, exercise or active play. Avoid video games and limit computer, TV and phone use. Both physical and mental rest are very important!

Concussions can affect a child's ability to do schoolwork. Our providers may work with your school to let them know that your child may need extra time for classwork and homework. Request that tests be done later. In some cases, your child may need to limit time at school or stay home completely until symptoms improve.

Get Plenty of Sleep

The brain needs a good amount of sleep every day to get better.

Get Medical Evaluation and Approval Before Returning to Play

Your child should not play sports or any other physical activities until they are evaluated and given approval by a licensed healthcare provider.

Slowly Return to Activities

When your child no longer has any symptoms and has been cleared by one of our licensed healthcare provider to begin physical activity, we create a plan to slowly let your child resume their regular physical and mental activities. To ensure a safe return to normal activities, please talk with a healthcare provider.

Your child or teen may minimize their symptoms in order to get back to their sport as soon as possible. Remind your child that it is important to tell the truth. It's better to miss one game than the whole season – or longer. Going back too soon may put them at risk of a much more serious brain injury.

Should your child see a doctor?

Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:

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