Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- With two professional sports athletes out of with concussions, we wanted to find out how parents can protect their own child from brain injuries in collision sports.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Robert Griffin III. A Nascar driver and an NFL super-rookie, both being held out of their respective sports with concussions.
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As fall sports hit their mid-season stride, doctors in the Midlands continue to encourage parents to be aware of the dangers of concussions.
"Family members don't always understand that when their son or daughter come home from practice and have headaches and are lethargic, that may not be some sort of injury related to that sport but may be from a head injury."
Dr. David Scott with Moore Sports Medicine says they see a high volume of patients treated for concussion symptoms.
"The treatment of a concussion revolves primarily around rest," said Scott.
A new USATODAY study has found that despite mountains of evidence warning of the dangers of concussions, the biggest problem tends to be the athletes, many of whom would rather be a "tough guy" than speak up.
"That's a problem we deal with all the time. Kids get injured and they want to continue to play, they don't want to let their team down. There are entire studies dedicated to concealing concuss symptoms. So that's a big problem."
Scott says it takes almost ten days for a teenager to get over a concussion, add that if quick action is not taken, it could pose serious problems later in life..
"If their child happens to feel the symptoms of a concussion, which could be headache, disorientation, dizziness, among other things, then they need to bring those symptoms to the attention of a healthcare provider," said Scott.
As a parent or coach, here are the signs you may observe of a an athlete with a concussion:
-Appears dazed or stunned
-Answers questions slowly
-Forgets an instruction
Doctors encourage that you should teach your child that it is not smart to play with a concussion. Rest is key in recovery from a concussion, both mental and physical.
For more information on the treatment of concussion, visit the Moore Sports Concussion Center.