October Monthly News:Concussion Awareness

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“Unlike a broken ankle, or other injuries you can feel with your hands or see on an x-ray, a concussion is a disruption of how the brain works.” – USA Football &CDC.

Myth: A concussion only comes from being hit in the head.
Concussions has become the center of all sports discussion in the past few years. Even with its popularity, because concussions are so hard to detect, many youth athletes, coaches and parents still know little about them. Check out these 5 little known concussion facts: … to be taken to the full article, click “Read Full Article” button below.

Check out these 5 little known concussion facts:

  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will get a concussion.
  • You do NOT have to get hit in the head to sustain a concussion.
  • Girls are 4x more likely to get concussed than boys.
  • Girls high school soccer suffers more concussions per capita than high school football.
  • The number one cause of concussions is biking accidents.

Myth: All concussions are the same.
Not all concussions are the same. Concussion healing time can vary drastically. Entering back into sports before the athlete is ready can not only increase the actual heal time, but it can also lead to tons of problems later in life. Concussions can be caused by a blow to the head, movement too quickly, a jolt, or a bump to the head. Most parents believe someone can only have a concussion if they have received a blow to the head. However, something like taking a charge, can create whiplash and thus a concussion. Symptoms are not always present immediately.

Myth: All parents are provided with adequate information on concussions
If you or your child might have a concussion, treatment should begin right away. Mental and physical rest are encouraged. Coaches are now required to immediately sit an athlete immediately after any type of head injury. From there, coaches are not allowed to play an athlete until after that athlete has been medically cleared. Coaches and parents are looking for the following symptoms of concussions, and then are encouraged to take their child to a medical professional.

  • Repetitive nausea or vomiting
  • Pupils that are enlarged or unequal in size
  • Unusual or bizarre behavior
  • Inability to recognize people or places
  • Seizures
  • Severe dizziness
  • Progressively worsening headache
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Numbness or weakness in the arms or legs
  • Excessive drowsiness or fainting
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty waking from sleep

Myth: There is nothing you can do to help heal a concussion
After a concussion is medically diagnosed, there are some steps to take to help in the healing process of the concussion.
1. Identify and avoid the things that create sensitivity
2. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.
3. Rest your mind and body.
4. Avoid physical activity and strenuous mental activity (like TV, and cellphone screens)
5. Use caution when taking pain medicine, as these can increase bleeding, use only what has been prescribed.

Berg, Sarah. 2018. 5 Facts About Concussions. Team Snap.