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What are the risks if my child plays sports too soon after a concussion?

Premature physical and/or mental exertion, before the brain has fully recovered from a traumatic brain injury, can both prolong recovery and worsen outcome of a concussion. Too much effort may increase the swelling if the brain hasn’t had enough time to recover properly. This can result in an increase in symptoms, some of which can be irreversible. This is why it’s so important to not let your child return to play until all the signs and symptoms have subsided.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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