Sports Concussions 2

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Every year, players of all ages in all sports receive concussion injuries during games and practice. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips on concussion prevention in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Concussions may cause alterations in cognitive function, vision, eye movement, facial movement or speech. But a concussion may not be immediately recognized because the signs and symptoms sometimes 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, and

Wear properly fitted protective equipment

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 to the head, and

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

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