Hello AYSO Soccer Families,
With so many advanced-play soccer tournaments rolling out in the coming months, we wanted to bring you another safety message from the CHLA Sports Medicine Program, part of the Children’s Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
We are also proud to have the CHLA Sports Medicine Program as a sponsor of AYSO Region 13: From sprains and breaks to concussions to motion analysis, and everything in between, their pediatric specialists help kids stay in the game, and get back in the game quicker whenever injuries occur.
Here are four tips from the CHLA Sports Medicine Program on how to help young athletes safely recover from a concussion:
1) Take it easy!
Rest from all exercise and athletic activities; texting, email, computer time, phone calls, loud music/TV/movies and video games; and intense studying and reading, as directed by your doctor.Needing more rest than usual after a concussion is normal.
2) Be safe and smart.
Until your child is feeling better he or she should not do anything that may cause another fall or brain injury. Initially that means a wide variety of activities such as riding a bike, skateboarding or playing sports.
3) Break things down into easy steps.
After a concussion, it may be harder to concentrate or pay attention. So, rather than studying for an hour straight, your child should study for no more than 30 minutes at a time before taking a break and then studying for another 30 minutes.
4) See a doctor experienced in treating concussions.
To learn more about concussion care, check out the resources below, or speak to someone at the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.