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Concussion Corner

Con   Keep your head in the game!

 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

 

What are the signs and symptoms?

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days after the injury. If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of concussion listed below, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, keep the athlete out of play and seek medical attention right away.

 

Signs Observed by Family/Friends/Coaches

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

         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

         Headache or “pressure” in head

         Nausea or vomiting

         Balance problems or dizziness

         Double or blurry vision

         Sensitivity to light or noise

         Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

         Concentration or memory problems

         Confusion

          Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

How to prevent a concussion

Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

         Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment. In order for equipment to protect you, it must be:

o        The right equipment for the game, position, or activity

o        Worn correctly and the correct size and fit

o        Used every time you play or practice

         Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.

         Practice good sportsmanship at all times.

 

Head injuries are very serious, please seek medical attention immediately.

 

Dana Jusino, ATC

Select Physical Therapy

888 White Plains RD

Trumbull, CT 06611

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