During any type of physical or recreational activity, there is a risk for injury, especially if the activity is a sport that involves contact or collision. Sports such as football, hockey and soccer can be very intense and physical, which can put players at an increased risk for getting injured. Falls, collisions and blows to the head are not uncommon in these particular activities.
One of the most common sports-related injuries is concussion, which can result when the brain is jarred or shaken inside the skull after intense impact. If a head injury has left you or your child feeling confused, disoriented or less alert, it is important to seek medical attention right away. A concussion may not necessarily cause unconsciousness, so these symptoms should also be taken seriously. Unusual anxiousness, irritability and drowsiness after a head injury may also be signs of a concussion.
For some people, concussion symptoms may subside after only a few hours. For others, it may take several weeks or months to return to their baseline. If symptoms persist, however, it is important to call your physician.
Expert Diagnosis and Care for Sports Concussions
At Norton Sports Health, our team of experts works with athletes to ensure concussions are treated with appropriate care.
Your physician may ask a series of simple questions to help determine you or your child’s level of awareness. A CT scan or MRI may be performed to determine the extent of injury to the brain. If a concussion has occurred, your physician will determine when you/your child can return to normal activities.
If you or your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, your sports health specialist may suggest:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Taking acetaminophen for a headache
- Avoiding loud environments
- Avoiding activities that are physically or mentally demanding
Preventing a Sports Concussion
The best way to prevent a sports concussion is to always wear the appropriate protective equipment. Helmets for sports such as baseball, football and hockey are specifically designed to reduce direct impact to the head when collisions or falls occur. Although helmets are not proven to prevent concussions, wearing the right equipment may mean the difference between a minor head injury and a life-threatening one.
See a Sports Health Specialist
For more information about sports concussions, or to make an appointment with a sports health specialist, please call (502) 629-1234.
Friday night football can mean a night of first downs, touchdowns, tackles and 100-yard drives. Unfortunately, however, players also run the risk of becoming seriously injured from a particularly aggressive play.
Norton Sports Health has teamed up with Jefferson County Public Schools to provide injury prevention education, as well as certified athletic trainer education, in hopes of reducing the number of sports-related injuries, including sports concussions. David Sun, M.D., Ph.D., and Tad Seifert, M.D., discuss the risks, signs and symptoms of concussions.
In addition, Norton Sports Health also offers Saturday Sports Clinics every Saturday at the Brownsboro campus during the fall sports season.
A bill designed to protect all student athletes in Kentucky who suffer a concussion has been signed into law. And Tad Seifert, M.D., with Norton Neuroscience Institute was instrumental in helping advise and push for this legislation.
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