Do you or a loved one suffer from a recent concussion? How do you even know if you have a concussion? If you’re asking any of these questions, we have answers at TurningPoint Medical Group. The most important thing to know is that concussions should not be taken lightly or ignored. It doesn’t take much time or cost to determine if you are concussed or not or to what degree. The brain isn’t something to mess around with. Please contact our office in Colorado Springs, CO, to schedule a free consultation.
In the meantime, if you’re a coach, parent, or athlete, here is key information to know about concussions …
What Is A Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Even a ‘ding,’ ‘getting your bell rung,’ or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Did You Know?
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
- Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion.
- Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
- Athletes in any sport, not just football, hockey, gymnastics, or high contact sports, can get concussions
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion?
Sign and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.
If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head of body, she or he should be kept out of play the day of the injury. The athlete should only return to play with permission from a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
- Headache or ‘pressure’ in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Just not ‘feeling right’ or is ‘feeling down’
Signs Observed by Coaching Staff
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season
Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of pressure on coaches and athletes to perform at a high level and tough it out. But at what cost?
Fortunately, concussion awareness and caution in teenage sports is on the rise. More and more coaches are being trained to recognize and prevent concussions. Athletes are trained to use better form and technique to avoid concussions. And parents are advocating for their children’s long-term health and well-being. But concussions will still happen.
The good news is, you can get affordable and immediate help. Contact TurningPoint Medical Group to schedule an evaluation for a concussion. We’re happy to discuss payment or insurance options. But most importantly, we want to make sure your athlete is healthy and safe.