Playing Smart: Top Patient Questions About Concussions
- Posted on: Jan 31 2013
When we hear the term “sports related injury,” we most often think of conditions such as sprains, dislocations and ACL tears. Very rarely are concussions the first thing that comes to mind. A topic that doesn’t get the attention or consideration it deserves, it has never been more crucial for athletes, coaches and parents to understand what concussions are really all about.
As a brief introduction, we would like to share our list of the Top Patient Questions About Concussions:
- What is a concussion, really? While it’s become common to accept concussions as simply “part of the game,” it’s important to understand that these are actually traumatic brain injuries. Most commonly caused by a direct blow to the head, a concussion can occur any time the brain makes a forceful impact with the inner wall of the skull.
- What are some signs that an athlete may have a concussion? It’s important for every athlete, coach and parent to understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion. While this isn’t a complete list, common “red flags” include confusion, dizziness, slurred speech and a sensitivity to light.
- What should I do if I suspect my child has a concussion? If a concussion is suspected, here’s what the Center for Disease Control says your first step should be: “Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports.” Also, be sure to keep your child off the field until they’re cleared by a doctor and make sure to keep coaches in the loop and report any recent concussions.
- How can I find out more? To find out more about concussion prevention and treatment, it’s best to consult a Sports Medicine Physician in your area. Your doctor can help you take steps toward protecting yourself on and off the field.
Sports Medicine in Worcester
If you’re suffering from a sports-related injury or would like more information about the Sports Medicine we offer, we encourage you to contact us today. Our offices are located in Worcester, proudly serving the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at (508) 363-6363. We look forward to hearing from you.
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