Aug. 30, 2010 at 8:22 AM ET
2) Some signs and symptoms overlap with depression, anxiety and ADHD.
3) Imaging is normal with concussion (not when bleeding occurs).
4) To recover athletes, must rest physically and cognitively (cognitive rest includes schoolwork, video games, computer usage, and watching TV).
5) In the vast majority of cases symptoms resolve in 7-10 days.
6) All pediatric patients who sustain a concussion should be evaluated by a doctor.
7) Athletes should never return to play in the same game after a concussion.
8) Athletes should never return to play while symptomatic at rest or with exertion.
9) Long-term concussion effects are unknown.
10) Benefits of medicines such as Tylenol and ibuprofen have not been established.
11) If symptoms persist, retirement from all contact/collision sports may be necessary.The breaking article from the AAP also makes it clear when to bring your child in for imaging. If your child sustained a loss of consciousness for greater than 30 seconds, has a severe headache, seizures, neurologic deficits, repeated vomiting, significant drowsiness, difficulty awakening, slurred speech, significant irritability, poor orientation to person, place or time, or neck pain they should be seen in the ER for further evaluation, including imaging. Youth football is a relatively safe sport prior to puberty. Injury incidence increases dramatically in high school, college and professional football. At each increasing level of competition the rate of injuries nearly doubles. If you want your son to experience the joy and camaraderie or football and remain free from serious injury, have him play youth football. It is not a good idea, from an injury perspective, to wait until high school to play for the first time, but if you decide to do so draw on the words of UCLA coach John Wooden, who said, “I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.” Despite the injuries and surgeries that I endured during my 23 years of playing football, I wouldn’t change a thing. Football taught me lessons that make my journey though life so much easier. I credit football with teaching me about delayed gratification, teamwork, leadership, overcoming adversity, dealing with criticism and the benefits of preparation and goal setting. I would certainly have never survived medical school and residency if not for all I learned on the football field. My coaches had a monumental impact on my development as an athlete and as a person. Dr. Mark Adickes played 9 years of professional football and is a Superbowl Champion turned Harvard-trained orthopedic surgeon. Also, he hosts "Athlete 360," a sports medicine television show on Fox Sports Net. Dr. Mark Adickes met with Matt Lauer this morning on TODAY to discuss parents' concerns about the risks of concussion and other injuries related to playing football. Do you think your kids should be engaging in this sport? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below.