Head injuries are serious business – we’re talking about the brain here! Every athlete will respond differently from a blow to the head and some cases can be much more serious than others. Sometimes progressive symptoms can appear hours after the injury occurs.
If one of my athletes suffers a head injury during a practice or game, first I’ll rule out any immediate dangers that would require a trip to the Emergency Room. If it’s safe for the athlete to go home it’s important that they are monitored closely until I have a chance to see them in the training room the next day – here’s where mom and dad come in.