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What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious.
What are the Signs and symptoms of concussion?
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or can take days or weeks to appear. If your teen reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.
|SIGNS OBSERVED BY COACHING STAFF
||SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY ATHLETE
|Appears dazed or stunned
|Is confused about assignment
||Balance problems or dizziness
|Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
||Double or fuzzy vision
||Sensitivity to light or noise
|Answers questions slowly
||Feeling foggy or groggy
|Shows behavior or personality changes
||Concentration or memory problems
|Can’t recall events prior to hit
|Can’t recall events after hit
What should you do if you think your teenage athlete has a concussion?
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 teen to return to sports.
Keep your teen out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your teen return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK. Athletes who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing—risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your teen for a lifetime.
Tell all of your teen’s coaches about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your teen had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your teen’s coaches may not know about a concussion your teen received in another sport or activity unless you tell them. Knowing about the concussion will allow the coach to keep your teen from activities that could result in another concussion.
Remind your teen: It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.
It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.
|What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that:
- Is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
- Can change the way your brain normally works.
- Can range from mild to severe.
- Can occur during practices or games in any sport.
- Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out.
- Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged” or had your “bell rung.”
How can I prevent a concussion?
It’s different for every sport. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself from concussion.
- Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
- Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as helmets). In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:
- Appropriate for the game, position, and activity
- Well maintained
- Properly fitted
- Used every time you play
How do I know if I’ve had a concussion?
You can’t see a concussion, but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up days or weeks after the injury. It’s best to see a health care professional if you think you might have a concussion. An undiagnosed concussion can affect your ability to do schoolwork and other everyday activities. It also raises your risk for additional, serious injury.
||What are the symptoms of a concussion?
- Nausea (feeling that you might vomit)
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or fuzzy vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish
- Feeling foggy or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays)
What should I do if I think I have a concussion?
- Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.
- Get a medical check up. A health care professional can tell you if you have had a concussion and when you are OK to return to play.
- Give yourself time to recover. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause permanent brain damage, and even death in rare cases. Severe brain injury can change your whole life.
It’s better to miss one game than the whole season
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1 –MedStar Franklin Square Sports Concussion Program – Contact number 443-725-2100. Dr. Frank Dawson, Board certified in pediatrics with sports medicine training. Provides ImPACT testing and concussion evaluation/management.
2 – Towson Sports Medicine – Contact number 410-337-7900, ask for Melissa. Dr. Vaughn, neuropsychologist provides SCORE and ImPACT testing evaluations as well as concussion management.
3 – Sinai Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program – Contact number 410-601-9355. Includes multiple disciplines, including neuropsychology and neurology. Dr. Kevin Crutchfield is neurologist.
4 – Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital – Concussion Assessment Management Program – contact number is 410-578-5261. Clinical Neuropsychologist works with child’s primary care provider.
5 – Kennedy Krieger Institute Sports Neurorehabilitation Concussion Clinic – Contact number is 888-554-2080. Staff includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physician or neurologist, neuropsychologist and neurosurgeon.
6 – Sheppard Pratt Concussion Clinic –Provides post-concussion syndrome evaluation and treatment for adult patients (over 18 years old.) Provides resource sharing with community for all ages, including the Head Sense program and materials from CDC on HeadsUp! Contact Bill Kerrigan – 410-938-4606