For Parents

Signs and Symptoms

Look out for these signs and symptoms of concussion in your youth athlete. If they exhibit any of these, they should be immediately removed from play.
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Did You Know?

  • Concussions are common in many sports. Research has found that repeatedly heading the ball in soccer can lead to lasting cognitive deficits, because of this, it is important to limit the amount of heading that takes place in practice.
  • Cycling is the leading cause of sports-related head injury in children under the age of 14, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
  • In sports that both boys and girls play, girls experience more concussions than boys do, and girls take longer to recover from symptoms.
  • Athletes do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion. In fact, only about 10% of concussions result in a loss of consciousness.
  • While recovering from a concussion, cognitive rest is important. This means no video games, texting, computers or television.
  • Children are not just little adults. They are more at risk for concussions and take longer to recover.
  • Youth athletes need to be gradually reintroduced to a full day of school before they can start a return to play protocol. Learn more about concussion recovery.

Dr. Christina Master, Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Specialist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, explains that factors such as having developing brains contribute to longer recovery times in children than adults.