Concussions hit the young hardest

Multiple concussions, or Second Impact Syndrome (SIS), is of growing concern among professionals in pediatric brain trauma. Dr. Ash Singhal, a neurosurgeon, a UBC pediatrics associate professor and the medical director of the pediatric trauma pro-gram at BC Children’s Hospital, says that the number of cases of children in B.C. with multiple concussions is under-reported.
Children most often recover from a concussion within three weeks without lingering effects, says Singhal. But he says he’s seeing more multiple concussions in boys aged 10 and older, those he characterizes as the high-energy risk takers. One of his worst cases has been a teenager who had suffered six concussions.

Vancouver Sun, Sat Feb 11 2012, Page: A8, By: Mary Frances Hill, Link to full text