Sports Concussion

Monday, September 13, 2010

The most common head injury in sports is a concussion. And once a concussion has occurred, that athlete is four to six times more likely to sustain a second concussion. Dr. Edward Hill tells us the signs of a sports concussion in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A sports concussion is an injury to the brain caused either by a direct blow to the head or elsewhere on the body that would cause a jolt to the head.

Commonly seen signs of a sports concussion include:

∙ athlete appears dazed or glassy eyed

∙ confusion

∙ forgetting plays or assignment

∙ unsure of game, opponent or score

∙ poor balance or coordination

∙ unconsciousness or altered consciousness

∙ behavior or personality changes

∙ forgetting events before or after the injury, and

∙ convulsions

The athlete may also suffer from headache, nausea, balance problems, double or blurred vision and sensitivity to light.

A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness and they can occur in any sport. Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death. Join me tomorrow as I discuss prevention of concussions.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.