The signs of serious head injury can be easily mistaken for other ailments.
With controversy swirling about rule changes to improve player safety in the NFL, parents may start wondering, "Is my little athlete at risk?" A local child neurologist says yes.
Dr. Parvez Pohowalla, head of pediatric neurology at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center outlined some of the obvious symptoms and signs of a possible head injury. The most prominent head injury in young athletes is concussion. Before kids return to the field, they should be screened by a professional.
"Make sure that they are cleared for sports activity, especially contact sports activity, because recurrent concussions can have much more serious implications."
Dr. Pohowalla says some of the early signs of concussion are blurry or double vision, confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness, excessive drowsiness and slurred speech. Some children may seem more emotional or irritable than usual,
Click here to read the Centers for Disease Control's fact sheet on concussions in sports.