In 2018, the BBC ran a news story on minors' involvement in combat sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts. The article cited rare cases of competition-related injuries, balanced with testimonials about the beneficial effects of getting children into sports, even those involving physical contact.
The debate is still on whether children and younger teens should be involved in contact sports. The benefits of having children become involved in sports have long been established to develop their confidence, physical health, and the discipline they develop along the way. However, data on sports-related injuries is still the subject of more in-depth research to determine the long-term impact and health implications of contact sports on minors.
Parents and guardians who ask for the help of a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City express concerns about their kid-athletes. One of the common concerns is the possibility of concussion.
A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury or TBI. It is caused by any external force or movement that usually makes a person’s head move or sway back and forth. Some examples include getting hit by a punch to the head in a boxing match, experience whiplash in a car collision, or being violently tackled to the ground in an American football game.
At the office of a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City, clients would usually ask about symptoms they should watch out for when they suspect that their child has sustained a sports-related concussion.
Some of the typical symptoms of concussion are:
Many parents confidently seek help from a NUCCA chiropractor in Redwood City as they have seen that neck adjustments work on both adults and children alike.
At our office, our upper cervical chiropractor will carefully evaluate the structural integrity of a child. Measurements are done to see if there are any deviations in the alignment of a child’s head and neck. Three-dimensional x-rays might also be required to give the attending chiropractor more detailed information about a child or minor’s upper cervical spine.
Once the measurements are done, we will apply gentle techniques that help bring back the atlas and axis bones' alignment. These bones encase the brainstem and act as protective barriers against impact and other sources of trauma.
However, as the case usually is in sports, blunt force is often received by young athletes. This force moves the atlas and axis bones, causing a misalignment resulting in more concussion symptoms.The restoration of the alignment enables the body to jumpstart a healing process that involves the entire central nervous system. At Advanced Spinal Care, young athletes can get the attention they need and deserve. If you suspect that your child has signs of a concussion, do not hesitate to get health care advice and attention immediately.
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