Sports Concussions 1

Monday, August 10, 2015

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 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.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 200,000 people suffer concussions while playing sports every year.

Concussions occur in a wide range of sports and affect all athletes, from professional players down to little leaguers.

Commonly seen signs of a sports concussion include:

athlete appears dazed or glassy eyed

confusion

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.

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