CONCUSSION– is a very common injury related to contact sports. Most athletes who participate in contact sports (such as football, soccer, rugby, etc) run the risk of concussion. A Concussion is a mild form of head injury that occurs from the brain being rapidly shifted back and forth within the skull. A concussion can range in severity from very mild to severe (with loss of consciousness). Symptoms of concussion can include dizziness, poor coordination, speech changes, memory and concentration difficulty, vision changes, nausea, confusion, and drowsiness. Anyone who sustains a head injury with loss of consciousness should be evaluated by a medical professional immediately after the event. In most cases, a CT scan or MRI will be done to rule out a blood clot. In some cases, the symptoms of concussion may take several days to appear. The effects of concussion (post-concussion syndrome) can last many months, and include memory problems, chronic headache, irritability, mood swings, dizziness, and lack of energy.              

  Take these precautions to help avoid concussion:

  • Always wear appropriate head protection when playing football or contact sports
  • Make sure the helmet fits well- get a new helmet if the old one is too small or too big
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle, horseback riding, skating or skiing
  • Always wear a batters helmet when playing baseball or softball
  • Wear appropriate mouth/jaw/ear protection when wrestling or boxing
  • Always wear your seat belt in the car and secure young children appropriately
  • Avoid hitting the ball with your head while playing soccer

If you or someone you know is hit in the head and loses consciousness (passes out)- call 911 for emergency help immediately.