Concussions in Sports

Basketball season is here and football playoffs are near.  It is a good time to discuss concussions.  Athletes of any skill level can get a concussion from a direct impact to the head.  This can happen from head-to-head contact, head-to-elbow or other body part contact, and head-to-object contact.

A person does not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.  They may not even get hit directly in the head if their head is jolted enough to cause the brain to bounce around in the skull.  The symptoms can sometimes be spotted immediately, but sometimes it takes several hours before initial or additional symptoms occur.

Every person is different and therefore every concussion is different.  Signs and symptoms may present very differently for one person to another.  Signs include: dazed, confused, forgetful, clumsy, slow to answer, any loss of consciousness, mood changes, and loss of recall. Symptoms include: headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, feeling sluggish, forgetful, confusion, and feeling down. If any signs or symptoms get worse from their initial onset then the brain injury may be severe and the individual needs to get to a hospital.

It is a great season in sports, but everyone must be diligent in looking out for concussions.   All concussions should be considered serious, and no one should resume their sport or activity without first seeing their doctor.  Play hard and play safely!

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