November 5th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

After son's concussion, a mother worries

It seems everytime an NFL or college football player is knocked out from a hard blow, it reignites the debate over how to protect athletes from concussions.   This week, the American Academy of Neurology released its updated guidelines to help make diagnosing concussions at sporting events easier. This month, Sports Illustrated devoted a special issue to addressing the impact of concussions on football, its players and its fans.  And CNN has done numerous reports on how teen brains are particularly at risk from concussions on the football field.

But what about the parents of those kids who must choose between supporting their child's passion and talent for the sport, and protecting him or her from the unknown?

Recently, CNN's Sarah Hoye spent time with a family in Sicklerville, New Jersey, whose son suffered a concussion last year at the high school state championship game.   Today, Calvin Lowe - pictured above - still plays football, as his parents cheer him on from the sidelines.  But his mother still struggles with the decision to let him return to football. "If I had my way, of course he'd be playing a much safer sport," she said.

Filed under: Brain • Traumatic brain injury

soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. David Ayers

    Bi-Polar is just a bucket a victim with no current sign of trauma is thrown into.

    November 7, 2010 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dustin

    Nt 6month old fell from the shopping kart hit her head i brought her in and she puked as we got to the hospital they did ct scan and said it looks all right i am soo worried they said she got concussion or has some syptoms they sent us home. all i can think of is if she going to have brain damage .. please reassure me they wouldnt sent me home if it was serious. i cant sleep i am such moron

    January 19, 2011 at 03:16 | Report abuse | Reply
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