Back to school time can be stressful, but Dr. Saad Saad has some information that could help reduce your anxiety as a parent. As a top-notch pediatric surgeon, he spent more than 46 years fielding questions from parents about sports.
The number question was, “Should I let my son play football?” The main concern is injury, but in this case it was always about head injuries. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
Concussions have been heavily researched over the last ten years in football. The question of what to do if there is a head injury is always the first question to crop up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released what they refer to as an intelligent guideline for parents when a concussion occurs. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Saad_Saad.html and https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/
Dr. Saad Saad has freely shared this information with parents in hopes that he can reduce the number of concussions or even traumatic brain injury. The biggest challenge may not always be a concussion, but continuous blows to the head. Football and soccer are both sports where this can be a concern. Those injuries could lead to a more serious condition, including dementia and long-term memory loss.
Dr. Saad Saad also wants parents and athletes to learn the signs of concussion. This can help them quickly identify potential issues, and help them get to a doctor quickly. He also goes on to further explain that concussions are not limited to a blow to the head. They may also occur when a sudden jolt or movement causes a quick movement or snapping back and forth of the neck.
Sudden movements that may occur quickly during a sporting event may cause the brain to move. Although movement may be slight in this case, it may also be due to damage to the brain cells. Dr. Saad Saad wants to remind parents that concussions alone are not life-threatening. He says that even a mild brain injury could result in the death of an athlete.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- Drowsiness or inability to fully wake up
- Persistent headache that doesn’t go away
- Vomiting and nausea
- Dilation of one pupil
- Agitation or restlessness
- Loss of conciousness
Any of these symptoms could indicate that a child has suffered a concussion, so it is better to go the hospital and see a doctor than wait. Dr. Saad Saad advises that parents keep a watchful eye on their children, taking note of any changes. It is better to make a trip to the emergency room than to wait it out.
Dr. Saad Saad worked diligently for 47 years as a pediatric surgeon in New Jersey, and he is now retired.