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Concussions can be common in sports, but that doesn’t make them any less important to pay attention to when they occur.

  • September 15, 2021
  • By Grand Itasca

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a force or blow to the head. Symptoms to watch for if a bump to the head occurs are: 

  • headache 
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • confusion
  • dizzy feeling 
  • memory loss 

Concussions in sports

Oftentimes in sports, concussions will occur when a player hits their head on the turf or in hockey, on the ice or into the boards. Officials, coaches, and athletic trainers watch very carefully for this in sports. It’s important to pull the player from play as soon as possible and conduct a sideline assessment, including checking for dilated pupils and easy memory tests. If they are showing these signs of a concussion, they are not allowed to play until they have had further evaluation, which includes meeting with a Sports Medicine physician or sports medicine trained physical therapist. It’s important to be patient with recovery after a concussion. About one week after the concussion, symptoms should start to improve but it takes another couple weeks to build up to returning to play.  

Preventing head injuries

Though there is no way to absolutely prevent concussions, it’s important to follow these tips to lessen the risk:

  • use proper tackling techniques in football and checking techniques in hockey
  • don’t lead with the head when falling
  • wear equipment properly to protect your head

Of most importance it to be aware that head injuries can occur and know what to do when and if they do occur.

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