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Soccer Injuries: Concussions are Serious

separator The risk of head injuries during soccer games is higher than many parents realize. A report from the Institute of Medicine emphasizes that concussions themselves are brain injuries, although many parents, coaches and players don’t always see it that way. And players who sustain a second concussion before recovering from the first one may experience brain swelling that can lead to brain damage and, in severe cases, death.

Common symptoms of a concussion include loss of consciousness, disorientation, headaches, loss of recent memory and confusion. But not all victims have all the symptoms. And some people lose consciousness only for a few seconds, so nobody realizes it occurred. And some victims may not show the symptoms for days.

Make sure you feel confident that your child’s coach is aware of the danger of concussions. If there’s any doubt that there’s been a brain injury, it’s best to keep your child out of the game and get a doctor’s okay to play again.

And keep this in mind—kids will say anything to get back into the game. Don’t rely on them to be completely truthful about how they’re feeling.

The Institute of Medicine, 30 April 2002 Report
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