There are many stories in the news about concussions in athletes. While professional players get the headlines, this is also a concern for student-athletes at every level of the games they play. At Riverview Medical Center, we see many young people in our urgent care for sports physicals and for treatment of sports-related injuries. Concussions are something we’re always on the lookout for. But did you know that your child may be hiding the signs of a concussion? Our primary care doctors want you to know what to look for.

What are the signs of a concussion?

If your child plays sports (or even if they’ve had a fall or have hit their head), be vigilant regarding the signs of a concussion. Your child may have a headache, be confused, feel dizzy, or have memory problems.

How do kids hide these symptoms?

If your child loses consciousness, you know you need to get them to a doctor for a checkup. But you’ll probably need them to tell you if they have a headache or have any of the other common symptoms of a concussion. Studies have shown that even though high school athletes are taught the signs of this condition, many of them fail to report what they’re feeling. Boys are more likely than girls to hide their concussion symptoms.

What should you do as a parent?

Teach your student-athlete the signs of a concussion, as well as the importance of reporting these symptoms. If you suspect your child has suffered a concussion, you can bring them to Riverview Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC at any time of the day or night. Our urgent care is always here when you need us.