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A 18-year-old female asked:

I've had somewhat of a major concussion last year and back and neck pain, but no symptoms anymore. my parents won't letme return to contact sports. any intake?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Prevention : Prevention is the only cure for brain injury your patents are playing defense against an unbeatable opponent brain injury nothing is more important then a healthy nrain and spinal cord return to sports should be physician guided.
Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
Right to be concerne: As a parent i can fully understand your parents concern. Did you receive a ct after the concussion? Did you see a sports medicine doc? Did you get medically cleared to return to contact sports (you did not say which one). You may need to talk to your family doctor, explain the issue and seek their council. However you are 18 and you have to give your doctor the ok to speak to your parents.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
See a concussion doc: Returning to play after a concussion is a complex decision. Many factors come into play: severity of most recent concussions, number of concussions, age, risks of another concussion, the benefits of return to competition (self esteem, salary, scholarship). Having a detailed conversation with an objective source who manages concussions may work in your favor or allow you to see your parents' side.

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Last updated Jun 11, 2015

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