Sports Medicine Wellness

Understanding Concussions

September 15, 2019
Lisa Moore, ATC

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Understanding Concussions

If you play competitive sports, odds are you either know someone whose had a concussion or you’ve been on the receiving end of one. So, what are the signs and symptoms? The symptoms may show up right away or may not show up until later.

Common Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion are:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in head
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Memory loss
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble sleeping

Please note, that this may or may not result in a loss of consciousness.

What Else Do You Need to Know About Concussions?

Concussions to do not show up on x-rays or CT scans. It is a neuro-cognitive disruption in the brain that displays itself by how the student athlete behaves. The most common question we get after a student has sustained a concussion is, “When can I get back in the game?” Getting a student athlete back to the classroom and field is a team approach, involving students parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, coaches, and medical staff.

What is the Best Treatment for Concussions?

The best and initial treatment for the concussed individual is to rest and eliminate all technology or other things that stimulate the brain. In other words, no T.V., no headphones, and no screen time. Once the individual is back to baseline and symptoms are gone, the individual is allowed to gradually return to activity.

Did you know in Nebraska the treatment of student athletes and concussions are part of the state law?

Nebraska Concussion Awareness Act (LB260)

  • Individuals overseeing and participating in public and private athletics programs must be provided annual concussion education.
  • Once a concussion is suspected the athlete must be removed from participation, evaluated by a health care professional who is trained in management and evaluation of concussions and then treated.
  • The school must provide academic accommodations to the student-athlete up to the age of 19, allowing them back into the classroom.

To understand if your student athlete is suffering from a concussion please visit our sports medicine medical professionals at CHI Health.

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