Concussion is Serious Head Injury, Not to be Taken Lightly
Here is a post by Amy Schmidt that can be found onMarshfieldNewsHerald.com
I’m commonly referred to as a klutz. I could probably trip over an ant on the sidewalk. My klutziness has limited the sports I’m good at. I’m a pretty good swimmer, yet in the past I’ve somehow made swimming into a contact sport (backstroke, miscount your strokes and head goes hard into the wall) and probably sustained a concussion. Concussions can happen in any sport and to any age person. Everyone needs to know the signs and symptoms.
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. You don’t have to be knocked out and even getting “dinged” or having your “bell rung” can be serious. You can’t see a concussion, so you have to know the signs and symptoms. You also have to know that signs and symptoms can be show up immediately or can appear days or weeks later.
An injured person may report: headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish, feeling foggy or groggy, concentration or memory problems, or confusion.
An observer may report the person: appears dazed or stunned, is confused, moves clumsily or answers questions slowly, loses consciousness, shows behavior or personality changes, can’t recall events prior to or after the hit and the athlete may be unsure of the game, score or opponent.
Tell your coach, parent, teacher, health care professional if you, a teammate, or your child has signs and symptoms of a concussion. One should seek medical attention right away if they think they might have a concussion and should not return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK. Until your brain is healed, you’re much more likely to have another concussion if you return to play too early. Second or later concussions can cause permanent brain damage. A concussion changes the way your brain normally works and you need time to recover from this injury.