Concussion in children: What are the effects?

By: Sherilyn W. Driscoll, M.D.

I'm concerned about childhood head injuries caused by contact sports. What are the possible effects of concussion in children?

Most sports-related head injuries, such as concussions — which temporarily interfere with the way the brain works — are mild and allow for complete recovery. However, concussion in children also can pose serious health risks.