Concussions can happen during almost any sport. If you are concerned that your student-athlete has a concussion, they should be removed from play immediately and seen by a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Certified concussion specialists
The team of board-certified sports medicine physicians at the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center will perform a thorough evaluation and create a plan to help your student-athlete recover and get back to playing the sport they love.
All of our sports medicine physicians have specialized training in caring for high school and junior high athletes. As the only pediatric-specific Level I Trauma Center in the region, Children's Mercy has every specialist your student-athlete might need in one place. The concussion care team works alongside neurologists, neuropsychologists, rehabilitation medicine physicians, and neurosurgeons if your athlete needs additional care.
Sports physical therapists and athletic trainers with pediatric expertise will guide your student-athlete through a multi-step recovery process to safely return them to learning and athletic activities.
Concussions can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, or when an athlete simply trips or falls to the ground during a game.
The first step for any student-athlete with a suspected concussion should be immediate removal from play for the remainder of the day, and until cleared by a medical professional.
Recognizing the symptoms of concussion can help protect your student-athlete from further complications. Look for these immediate and longer-term symptoms of concussion: