Before hitting the football, baseball and soccer fields for practice in your upcoming fall season, make sure you are informed & educated on concussions.
What is a concussion? Long term damage to the brain due to an injury.
Concussions can happen to anyone who plays any sport, including sports such as basketball, wrestling, tennis & gymnastics. If you suspect someone has a concussion, the most important thing you can do is to remove them from the field of play and have them seek medical help. Hopefully your coach went though a training course on how to recognize when one of their player may be experiencing symptoms of a concussion. Some concussion signs to look for include:
- Appearing dazed
- Acting clumsy or moving rather slow
- Memory loss. For example: the score of the game, or where they are
If you are a parent reading this article, we caution you against debating the authority the coach may make to remove your child from the game upon suspecting they are experiencing a concussion. It is better to be safe, than sorry. And, returning to a game while experiencing a concussion can really cause some further brain trauma.
Just remember, that after seeking medical help for a concussion, it is important to continue to build your way back to recover and take things slow. And, that includes the doctors specific orders they may give about returning to the sport & playing field.
Upon receiving approval from a doctor to regain their physical activity, and they have been cleared to begin working out again, we suggest taking exercise slow. Concussions are a serious issue and it is important athletes take the time they need to recover from any head injury before returning to play.
For any questions regarding concussion or the safety of your health while playing on the field, give Dr. Irvine a call today.