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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is it a Concussion? Would You Know What to Do?

A recent news report from the Journal of Athletic Training found many high school football players don't know enough about the symptoms and consequences of a concussion. Concussions are serious business. They can lead to brain hemorrhage, coma and death if not properly treated.

Texas Orthopedics is committed to our community's young football players, so we thought it was important to provide the following important information about concussions.

What Causes a Concussion?

A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussion Symptoms

Here are a few of the most common symptoms:
  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars"
  • Appearing dazed
 Some symptoms you may not know about:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration and memory complaints
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
Some of these symptoms appear immediately, while others may not be noticeable until days or months after your injury.

What to Do If You Think You Have a Concussion

Most importantly, don't return to the field. A player should try to relax and rest. Seek medical attention immediately.

To learn more about concussions related to football and sports, check out the CDC's website here. And keep up with Texas Orthopedics news by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic). 

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