No matter what the level of competition, a concussion obtained during play can be a major threat to an athlete’s health. In fact, concussions can have serious consequences in several different areas. Because concussions can cause such widespread and unpredictable symptoms, athletes should always have these injuries diagnosed and treated by a professional as soon as possible. Waiting and trying to let a concussion heal on its own is one of the most common and most dangerous mistakes an athlete can make. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is dedicated to maintaining the top sports concussion program in the region and is ready and well equipped to treat concussions of all levels of severity.
Impact to the head, chest, back, shoulders and neck can cause a concussion. Athletes sometimes tend to ignore smaller hits to these areas, but concussions can result from both significant and seemingly insignificant levels of contact. When an athlete experiences a concussion, his/her brain is moved inside of the skull and nerve injury and torn blood vessels can result. Recent research has shown that the kinds of temporary changes within the brain that normally happen because of a concussion can in fact become permanent. The top sports concussion program in the region brings a comprehensive approach to concussion treatment with an intent to ensure these changes to the brain are minimized until proper healing can occur.
Signs that an athlete has a concussion:
- numbness of arms and legs
- inability to speak clearly
- memory loss
- loss of consciousness
- lack of clear vision
- sensitivity to sound and light
An emergency room visit is highly recommended if a player is unconscious for more than two minutes, is bleeding from the injury or is vomiting repeatedly. More mild head injuries should be treated with rest and by icing the area for 20 to 30 minutes every two hours for two days. Even in the case of smaller injuries, treatment from Rothman’s Institute’s top sports concussion program should be considered.