Return to Play
Medical clearance is necessary before returning to play after any injury, but especially after head injuries. Athletes who suffer multiple concussions or post-concussive symptoms for more than three months should consider retiring from competitive sports.
Parents and coaches should also make sure to identify the cause of any injury before allowing a child to return to play. Was the child using the right safety equipment? Was the field in bad shape? Was the exercise regime too strenuous or poorly managed? Neglecting these factors is a sure path to repeat injuries.
For more information on preventing sports injuries, visit the AAP website, www.healthychildren.org.
By preventing common sports injuries, you can ensure your child enjoys an active life for many years to come.
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Also see: How to Spot an Overuse Injury