Q. My son had concussion and non displaced skull fracture. When can he involve in sports?

Answered by
Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 29, 2019 and last reviewed on: Dec 02, 2019

Hello doctor,

My 7-year- old son fell out of a top bunk and as he was bleeding from his ear we took him by an ambulance to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a major concussion and possible non-displaced skull fracture. He was discharged the next day but we were told that as he had been bleeding from his ear there was a possibility of bacterial meningitis as there was a trail from the outside into his brain. So, we have been keeping him quiet but I have a couple of questions. How long before he can go swimming? He goes back to school next week, what about P.E and running around in the playground? He goes to rugby training, how long before he should return to that? What about tennis coaching? I would really appreciate knowing how long I should be a fussy mother?

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Child Health Paediatrics Pediatric Allergy/Asthma Specialist


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern for your son, I hope he is fine. Since then, if he has no further bleeding and no seizure episodes, and is fine with no complaints he can attend the school and participate in sports and other activities. I would suggest to avoid swimming for at least four weeks and use ear buds while swimming after that. Even rugby would be risky, so try to postpone rugby training for at least four weeks to prevent any further head injury which would complicate the previous injury. The rest activities are fine.

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