"A concussion is one of the most common forms of traumatic brain injury," said Stanley Skarli, M.D., neurosurgeon, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
"When a concussion occurs at home or on the playing field, children should be observed for any immediate dangers," added Skarli
."If it is a mild concussion, children need to be watched for symptoms.This requires repeated evaluations of their ability to focus and function under stress, and checking for symptoms that suggest they are not completely normal."
Even if symptoms subside, return-to-play is not immediate.
"The general rule is that if they're not acting normal, athletes should not return to play," explained Skarli
"Most children get better after a concussion without any permanent damage," said Skarli