Concussions are dangerous for everybody, but they’re especially dangerous for young athletes.
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Mark Halstead says that a decade ago, a kid who’d had “his bell rung” might be put back into the game 15 minutes later. That’s because people didn’t realize that a concussion is a serious brain injury. Today, we know that a blow to the head where the brain rotates or sloshes against your skull disrupts normal cell function. And after just one concussion, a much lighter blow can cause another one. In fact, a second injury after a concussion that hasn’t healed yet can trigger severe swelling inside the skull. Five kids a year die from the second impact... And a lot of others suffer from depression, memory loss, and cognitive damage.
And know this: Recovering from a concussion requires physical and mental rest, because anything that requires concentration can make your symptoms worse. That means, no school, no driving, no taking standardized tests, and no video games.