What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that can happen after a hit to the head or as a result of any force that causes shaking of the head. Concussions can occur to any athlete, at any skill level, and the symptoms may not appear right away. If you think a concussion may have happened, it is better to be cautious and always be evaluated by a medical professional.
Symptoms of a Concussion May Include:
- Confusion or Disorientation
- Loss of Consciousness
- Memory Deficits
- Dizziness or Nausea
- Ringing in the Ears
- Poor Ability to Concentrate
- Mood Changes
- Sensitivity to Light and Noise
- Changes in Sleep
About Our Concussion Program:
- Pre-Concussion Baseline testing with a Physical Therapist (individual or teams)
- Physical therapy assessment and treatment as appropriate if concussion occurs; treatment of neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and balance.
- Supervised progressive exercise program to help in concussion recovery and maintain fitness.
- Addition of return to sport exercises when appropriate.
- Communication with family, other practitioners, and coaches on status and progress.
- Help with coordination of care if needed for other symptoms. (Services covered by insurance in most cases.)
Did You Know?
Estimated 3.8 million sports related concussions each year (CDC).
The top 4 causes of concussion in people under age 18 are: falls, sports, bike accidents, and car accidents.
The top 10 sports for concussions are: football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, basketball, cheerleading, softball, and gymnastics.
Girls are more likely than boys to get concussions.