There’s no scarier moment for any sports parent than to see your son or daughter bang their head during an athletic event. You hold your breath until your youngster finally gets up off the ground, and walks off the field in order to clear their head.
But that’s when the real decisions have to be made. As my brother, Dr. Bob Wolff, said on the Sports Edge, if your youngster gets a serious bop on their head during a game, there’s no way he or she should go back into the game until they are cleared by a physician. That might be a tough rule for a kid, but in the long run – -and let’s face it -that’s what we’re talking about — the long run of their life — there’s no reason to run the risk of a secondary concussion. Sports are fun, but there’s no reason to jeopardize one’s health.
Look around the sports world. How many of our favorite players have suffered concussions and serious side effects? Steve Young…Tim Tebow…that poor young HS football player from Montclair, NJ who died last year after a series of concussions.
The bottom line? When it comes to your youngster’s health and welfare, if they suffer a serious knock on their head, they sit out until they are cleared — not by the coach or by you – but by the family doctor.