Having watched several high school football games over the last several weeks, I have seen several players suffer a concussion. One player in particular was “out on his feet” like a boxer hit by an opponent’s devasting punch to the head. It was clear to me that he did not know where he was at and had no idea what had just happened. Luckily, the trainer kept the player on the sidelines and out of the rest of the game.
If you wondered about head trauma to a high school athlete, you are not alone. I thought everyone might like some basic information on concussions.
What is a concussion? Put simply, it is an injury to the brain. It is sometimes called a “mild traumatic brain injury.” Remember that
- A concussion is a brain injury.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
Some symptoms of concussions may not be apparent until hours or days later. They include:
- Memory or concentration problems
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Sleep disturbances