Family 411: Teens shouldn't rush recovery from concussions

Teens shouldn't rush concussion recovery (WSYX)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) - A teenager can experience a concussion in any sport and they shouldn't rush their recovery.

Kellan Grainger is well-rounded when it comes to sports. He plays high school football, lacrosse and wrestling which is his favorite. A blow to the head during a match temporarily knocked him off the mat. "He hit me like right up here on my eyebrow and I had to get 10 stitches."

There was more to his injury than just on the surface. A day later, Kellan realized he had a concussion. "I remember being dazed and confused."

Athletic trainer Tiffany Estes says every concussion is different and so is recovery time. "They could be potentially very serious depending on how bad it is or if there's a bleed or no bleed.

Kellan had trouble concentrating in the classroom. "I was sleeping for 12 hours a night then I would have 4 or 5 naps a day

The only way to return to play safely, is patience and rest. "It's really important to follow a gradual return to play progression after an individual sustains a concussion."

Estes says if you go back too soon, you could risk developing second impact syndrome if the first concussion didn't heal properly. "It can result in anything from brain damage or paralysis or anything permanent neurologically."

Kellan went through stages of recovery with limited workouts. He ended up getting well enough to play lacrosse. "First, I had to make it through a whole day of school with no headaches."

He says advice from his mother kept his focus on the future. "Don't get into it too quickly because you have big things head of you you need to be ready for that."

Estes says it could take anywhere from days, weeks, even years to fully recover from a concussion. And teens need to see a doctor before being allowed full contact play at school.

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