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.
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