Concussions are yet again in the news, and this time it specifically involves the parents of children who suffer a concussion during a school sports game. What new proposed legislation in North Carolina is causing the fuss, and why is it such a big deal?
Kids, Contact Sports, and Concussions
Current law in North Carolina states that children who exhibit symptoms of a concussion must be removed from play and cannot even return to practice until a healthcare professional signs off on his or her return to play. A new bill that has been proposed would add parents to the list of those who can okay a child’s return to the game.
While the bill has a number of other regulations that can prove beneficial for children, this specific clause is concerning because parents are rarely the best person to determine when a child is safe to return to a sport after a head injury.
The controversy reached Twitter, where a defensive end from the Super Bowl champion Patriots stated: “Any parent that wants to bypass concussion protocol at the high school level should be banned from games.” This shows how polarized people are when it comes to proper concussion care, especially for kids.
Why Concussion Protocol Is So Important
When a concussion occurs, the effects can be far-reaching, and time needs to pass to determine if any immediate or long-term damage has occurred. In the meantime, it is important to avoid activities that could result in further injury.
It is also important to have the upper cervical spine examined for any misalignment that may have occurred during the injury. Even a slight misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae could lead to migraines, vertigo, or a host of other far-reaching effects.
If your child has suffered a concussion, we recommend finding an upper cervical chiropractor near you to have the cervical neck examined before a return to play.
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