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It’s Concussion Season! - September 25, 2013

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Running Back Carrying BallFall here and so are football and soccer seasons for many high schools. Concussions are an unfortunate aspect of these sports.

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury and if left untreated or undiagnosed could result in serious side effects. Let’s review the signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling of one being in a fog
  • Amnesia of events at the time of trauma
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”

If someone you know experiences these signs or symptoms they should seek medical attention.    Most high schools have a certified athletic trainer (ATC) who is educated to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with a concussion. Some high schools do not have an ATC, so it is pertinent that coaches also recognize these signs and symptoms.  An athlete should be cleared by the school’s medical staff prior to returning to sport activity.

Stay safe and good luck this season!

 



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