Head Trauma In Sports

A concussion is an injury to the brain that is caused by a bump, blow, jolt or shaking to the head. The impact between the brain and skull temporarily changes how the cells in the brain function. Concussions can be caused by falls or any other situation where the head receives a sudden jolt. A majority of concussions are sport-related.

If you have been diagnosed with a concussion, please check in with the school nurse prior to going to class. If you are participating in school sports, please follow up with the athletic trainer before returning to your respective sport. Returning to play to early puts a player at greater risk of more significant injury.

Fore more information or to speak to a concussion expert please call 877-777-1657.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion:

It’s important to emphasize that most sports-related concussions don’t involve a loss of consciousness. Parents are encouraged to note symptoms that worsen and behaviors that represent a change in your son/daughter. If any of the symptoms noted below are present, a physician or trained professional should be consulted:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness (fatigue, forgetful or feel ” foggy”)
  • Appears dazed, stunned or confused
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating/focusing
  • Show imbalance/ moves clumsily
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Blurred vision/double vision
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Answers questions slowly/slurred speech

It is OK to:

  • Go to sleep, rest
  • Use an ice pack on head/neck for comfort
  • Eat a light diet, hydrate

There is no need to:

  • Test reflexes
  • Stay in bed, wake up every hour
  • Check eyes with a flashlight

Do not:

  • Drive
  • Drink alcohol
  • Exercise, participate in strenuous activity
  • Take ibuprofen, aspirin or other on-steroidal anti-inflammatory
  • Use electronic devices such as cell phones

 

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