As I help CHOC Children’s celebrate its 50th anniversary, the overwhelming feeling for me and many I’ve met around the hospital is gratitude.
For me, I’m grateful for the care I received when I fell out of that tree in 1964 and the friends I’ve made ever since. So many patients I’ve met are thankful for the bright futures and milestones they’ve achieved thanks to CHOC’s care.
And CHOC’s physicians are no exception. They’re grateful for the trust that parents and families instill in them each and every day. In this video, CHOC physicians express their gratitude.
“The word concussion comes from the Latin word to shake violently. It’s a force that causes a temporary injury to the brain or spinal cord,” says Dr. Taraman. “A lot of times, people may hit their head and don’t realize it was
Signs of concussion may include:
Loss of consciousness
PLAY IT SAFE
If a child is injured during a sports practice, parents and coaches should make sure the young athlete stops playing. “The child needs to avoid any further hits, jolts, shakes or bumps to the head or spine,” says Dr. Taraman. “Make sure they don’t go back [in the game] and get a second hit. Not only is it unsafe, it’s going to make the recovery take longer and affect the child.”
“The vast majority of concussions will resolve themselves and heal relatively well,” says Dr. Taraman. After being diagnosed, parents should follow the Graduated Return to Learn & Play Guidelines advised by their doctor. This includes “slowly ramping up from a total rest period of 24 to 48 hours not visiting social media, texting, etc so the brain can heal,” says Dr. Taraman.
The guidelines include five stages of activity levels, such as:
No physical activity
Non-contact training drills
How many hours should a child rest after an on-field head injury: 24-48
What is the number of sports-related concussions that occur every year in the U.S.: 30,000
What is the percentage of sports-related concussions involving children between the ages of 8 and 13: 40%
Dr. Taraman is a pediatric neurologist and assistant professor at University of California, Irvine. He specializes in concussion management.
Dr. Taraman’s philosophy of care: “I love pediatrics. My daughter was born my first day of medical school. I try to help parents understand the balance of the risks and benefits of participating in sports.”
Wayne State University School of Medicine
University of Michigan (B.S., Biochemistry)
Neurology with special qualifications in child neurology