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A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or by a hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Although one concussion is seldom life-threatening, the effects can still be quite serious and require time to heal before returning to regular activities.
Returning to School
Most kids and teens will only need help through informal, academic adjustments as they recover from a concussion. Your child or teen may feel frustrated, sad, and even angry because she or he cannot return to school right away, keep up with schoolwork, or hang out as much with their friends. Talk often with your child or teen about this and offer your support and encouragement.
Returning to Sports and Activities
After a concussion or suspected concussion, an athlete should only return to sports practices with the approval and under the supervision of their licensed health care provider. When available, be sure to also work closely with your team’s certified athletic trainer.
Oklahoma Law about Sports-related Head Injury
Effective November 1, 2016, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts and youth sports organizations or associations develop policies and procedures to inform and educate coaches, game officials, team officials, athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. In addition, players who are suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play and may not participate until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care professional. (70 O.S. § 24-155).
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