Preventing injuries before they happen in sports and in life is ideal but, unfortunately, an active lifestyle can sometimes result in injury or trauma. When it comes to a sports concussion, the best defense is a good offense. Any athlete suspected of having a concussion should be immediately removed from activity and a medical evaluation should be performed by a physician prior to returning to play.
Know the Signs of a Concussion
A concussion is a traumatic injury to soft tissue, usually the brain, as a result of a violent blow, shaking or spinning.
This sudden direct or indirect impact can cause a temporary loss of normal brain function, including loss of consciousness, confusion, dizziness, loss of memory, seeing stars and/or blurred vision.
The many different signs and symptoms of concussion can be immediate or delayed, and they may have a cumulative effect on the body if left untreated. The best guideline in seeking medical treatment for a possible concussion is to note symptoms that worsen and behaviors that are unusual. You should seek immediate medical assistance if any of these signs are visible:
- Worsening headache
- Marked drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Bleeding or clear fluid coming from the ears/nose
- Pupils are unequal
Because younger athletes’ brains are still developing, they often need more time to recover from a concussion and the risk of a prolonged injury is greater if they return to a sports activity too quickly. Learn about our comprehensive concussion care and ImPACT™ testing.