Sports Concussion Safety

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In yesterdays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill told us about the dangers of sports concussions. Today, Dr. Hill discusses how an athlete may be able to avoid a sports concussion and what to do after sustaining a head injury.

Dr. Hill:

A concussion may not be immediately recognized because the signs and symptoms dont appear for several days afterward. If a concussion is suspected, the person should stop activity and not return until cleared by a qualified medical professional.

Suffering another concussion before the brain has had a chance to fully recover can possibly result in brain swelling, permanent brain damage or even death.

Here are some tips on preventing concussions:

- teach safe playing techniques

- discourage unsportsmanlike play

- wear correct, properly fitted protective equipment for activity

Here are some things that young athletes should remember:

- it is not a show of strength or courage to play injured

- dont feel pressured to play

- dont try to persuade anyone that youre alright after sustaining a blow or hard jolt to the head

- report to your coach or parent if you received a blow or jolt to the head or have any concussion symptoms.

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