Concussions

By: Ashley Blankenship

Defintion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head that will cause an alteration in the brain function.

Symptoms

headache, dizziness, nausea, disorientation, and confusion due to swelling at point of contact.

Post Concussive Symtoms

Loss of consciousness, low grade headache, light headiness, poor concentration, sleepiness, slurred speech, post traumatic amnesia, irritability, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, vacant stare, disoriented, nausea, pupils not reacting properly.

Field Treatment

Remove them from the game, notify the parents, do not let athlete play until everything is followed up by the doctor

Hospital Treatment

Rest is the best way to heal your brain from the injury, avoid any physical activities until symptoms are gone, rest from mental activities such as school, video games, etc.