Sports concussions are serious injuries. Multiple concussions may cause permanent symptoms. Treatment of a concussion involves medical care. Rest from sports, exercise and sometimes work or school is required. Appropriate treatment prevents long-term complications.
A concussion is a brain injury common to many sports, especially contact and collision sports. Football, hockey, wrestling and soccer athletes have a higher risk of getting a concussion, but athletes in all sports may experience this injury. Sports concussion occurs in many situations. Athletes may fall and hit their heads against the ground or hit each other directly during sports. Concussions happen when there is a direct blow to the head, forceful rotation of the head and neck, or both. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don't realize it.
Symptoms of a concussion may be subtle and may not occur until a few days after the injury. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating
You may notice that your symptoms become worse when you try to read or do homework. Exercise also tends to make symptoms worse. The force of the injury does not always match how severe the injury is. Some athletes may have minor head injuries with symptoms that last for a long time.
Evaluation & Treatment
It is important to have your concussion diagnosed soon after it happens. If your injury occurs at your school, and there is a certified athletic trainer (ATC) on-site, they may be the first qualified individual to become aware of your injury. It is important that you share all of the information regarding your injury with the ATC. This helps them properly manage your care and serve as the connection between you and your doctor.
If you are injured and there is not an ATC present, call Bronson Sports Medicine Specialists at (855) 618-2676. We have a team of doctors that specialize in treating patients with sports concussions. They will create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis that includes determining when it is safe for you to return to play.
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