According to research done at UCLA Health, the number of concussions sustained by young athletes is increasing. And too many are not getting the proper immediate treatment. This results in increased risk for developing post-concussion syndrome. The repercussions can last a life time.
Furthermore, the research recommends school athletes seek immediate evaluation and treatment. They should not return to sport any sooner than a month.
The study was published in the journal Orthopedics. An article and video by Medical Daily can be read here:
When to Get an Evaluation and Treatment
Often, the most difficult aspect of concussion is knowing when to seek medical help. Symptoms aren’t always obvious. And many student athletes resist seeing a medical professional. They don’t want to miss game time. They don’t want to be embarrassed. Or perhaps they fear medical clinics. So, they may even try to hide their symptoms.
If you’re a parent or coach of a young athlete, look for these symptoms:
- slurred speech
- ringing in the ears
- vomiting or nausea
- blurred vision
If you even slightly suspect a concussion, don’t delay. You can get immediate help at HDPT in Englewood, CO. Our physical therapists are specifically trained to evaluate and treat concussions. We see professional and amateur, adult and pediatric sports injury patients alike. You can contact your insurance company about coverage details. Or, call our office and we can walk you through your consultation options.
You Can Get a Concussion in Any Sport
Don’t think that concussions only happen in high contact sports. Any sudden jarring or blow to the head can cause a concussion. With a concussion, the brain hits the inside of the skull. Not all concussions will result in loss of consciousness. A concussion can even occur away from the center of play. One can cause a traumatic brain injury simply by falling or colliding with other players.
Furthermore, concussion can increase risk of other sports injury. Cognitive delay can cause an athlete to injure themselves while running or turning. Or it slows their response to defend themselves from a physical injury. They’re more prone to twist a knee or sacrifice proper playing form.
Under Reported Concussions Can Increase Risk of Sports Injury
Ultimately, concussions are not to be taken lightly. The days of ‘just shake it off’ are hopefully over in sport. Too many athletes, young and old, are suffering long-term concussion ailments. It can adversely affect quality of life to include memory loss, speech impediment, imbalance, and more.
Read the article listed above and watch the video. Learn for yourself and do more research. Take a proactive stance in your child’s health. They’re relying on you to show them how to take care of themselves. Don’t underestimate concussion. See a medical professional right away if you suspect a concussion and expect at least 30 days before returning to sport.