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Kids who suffer a knock to the head will be forced to take two days off school under new rules to deal with head injuries.

Junior sport clubs will also be required to have a person dedicated to overseeing a player’s return to sport after suffering concussion, reports Daily Telegraph.

The state’s first guidelines for dealing with concussion also dictate children must have at least two weeks off the field once they show no symptoms — even if they are symptom-free.

Experts are calling for a shift among sporting clubs to ensure players don’t lie about concussion for fear of being booted from their team.

Sports concussions are most common in children younger than 12 — and fewer than 20 per cent of concussed children are diagnosed. Even fewer ­receive medical help.

Under the guidelines, children must have 24-48 hours off school or any activity that puts major strain on their brain.

“(That) is a critical period of time to be limiting cognitive processing, so they must be resting as much as possible,” Dr Gardner said.

“The number one priority is return to learn. They need to be doing well in the classroom before returning to the field.”

Last year we shared that teenagers who suffer concussions have a 22 percent higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Read more on that here.

YES! I am glad they are finally taking concussion seriously.

Our 13 yr old suffered his first case of concussion in the school yard early last year.  He was knocked out and has no recollection of how it occurred. He ended up off school for over week. And we were strict about no football training at the time either.

Has your child ever suffered a concussion?

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  • Never had a concussion with any of my kids. Seems a good idea to have time off school to ensure everything is A ok

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  • My youngest was hit in the mouth with a hockey stick by his team’s goalie. As he went to get the ball she took a big swing to get the ball away from her goal. She got my son in the mouth with the upswing and broke 2 of his teeth. He ended up having a week off school and 3 weeks off hockey playing and training.

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  • Great to hear this will be addressed In the school area as well as on the sporting field. Now for the home…….

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  • Concussion isn’t always obviously immediately. I had a mishap once and hit my head. I was checked by first aid staff and a Dr and showed no signs of concussion. A few days later, my sight went blurry and I felt nauseous. I went to the Dr. I had delayed concussion and had to rest for a few days, preferrably not read at all and no TV until my eyesight returned to normal.

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  • Glad to hear they are stepping up about this important issue.

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  • I really applaud these new guidelines and think ‘about time’. It has been such a great area and I think someone with knowledge or of importance needs to put rules in place to give parents the confidence to adhere to them. My son received a neck injury with concussoin last year and

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  • Concussion is truly awful and this just makes sense.

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  • Such a good idea to have enforceable rules. Most young children don’t even know realise they’ve had a concussion and just risk damaging their health by not resting & going about their normal day.

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  • Such a good idea. There are strict rules for sports people and head injuries, why not for the kiddies

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  • Glad they take concussion seriously !
    None of my kids suffered concussion.

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