Recently, there has been an increased focus on the topic of Sports Related Concussion. With an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports related brain injuries occurring in young athletes each year, there has been an increased focus on the effects and treatment of such injuries. Sports Related Concussions are traumatic injuries to the brain, that occur as a result of either a direct blow to the head or indirectly through a blow to the body. It is estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports related brain injuries occur in young athletes each year. While these numbers seem high, it is believed that these numbers vastly underestimate the actual annual occurrence. It is felt that many concussions go undiagnosed due to failure to recognize the signs and symptoms by the coaches, athletes and there families. This can delay proper evaluation and treatment by qualified medical providers. In this article, I will outline some of the more common signs and symptoms, to help you identify a potential concussion, when it occurs.
Some common signs of concussion are disorientation, confusion, slow verbal response, personalty changes, poor coordination and imbalance. Common symptoms may include, headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, poor balance, visual changes, fogginess, difficulty concentrating, memory loss and drowsiness.
Mild brain injuries generally resolve, in an uneventful manner an seven to ten days. You should, however, rest and avoid any physical activity as well as tasks that require increased concentration or complex thinking. Your brain also needs rest to heal properly, so keep things simple for a few days until symptoms completely resolve. If symptoms persist or increase in intensity, you should contact your medical professional for immediate evaluation. If symptoms resolve, but then reoccur when you return to normal activity, you may be suffering from a post concussive syndrome. This is commonly caused by derangement of the upper cervical region, secondary to the concussion.
The Doctors at Sowa Chiropractic Associates are highly trained to address and resolve these problems and are often called on to participate in the care of these complex patients by other medical professionals.
- C. Alan Sowa DC