Recognizing Concussion Symptoms

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 8:23 am

Head injury continues to be a serious concern in youth sports, even when wearing helmets. Concussion problems have become a focus when it comes to sports because we now realize both the short term and long term effects it can have on a person if not treated properly. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step in helping someone who has a concussion.

Tribe Lacrosse takes the risk of head injury very seriously. Coaches are required to follow the Concussion Management Plan Guidelines set forth by US Lacrosse and observe the signs and symptoms of concussion as outlined in the Guidelines.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Here is why you should pay attention to these symptoms:

Doctors will evaluate any signs or symptoms of concussion your child may have. They will typically review the patient’s medical history, and conduct neurological examinations. It is important to note that the signs and symptoms of a concussion may not appear for hours or even days after an injury.

Here are some tests your doctor may order to determine if there has been a concussion:

• Neurological exam
This evaluation includes checking your:
- Vision
- Hearing
- Strength and sensation
- Balance
- Coordination
- Reflexes
- Cognitive testing

Doctors may conduct several tests to evaluate cognitive skills during a neurological examination. These tests evaluate several factors, including:

- Memory
- Concentration
- Ability to recall information

• Imaging tests
These may be required when exhibits:
- severe headaches
- seizures
- repeated vomiting
or any symptoms that are becoming worse

Doctors may recommend brain imaging for people these kinds of symptoms. Brain imaging can help determine whether an injury is severe enough to cause bleeding or swelling in your skull.

A cranial computerized tomography, otherwise known as CT, scan is a standard test frequently used to assess the brain right after injury. CT scans use X-rays to create real time images of your skull and brain.

Magnetic resonance imaging, otherwise known as an MRI, may also be used to identify certain changes or to diagnose complications after a concussion. MRI’s use powerful magnets and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain.

• Observation

Your child may need to be monitored overnight in a hospital after a concussion. If your doctor agrees to home observation then someone should stay and check on the child for at least 24 hours to ensure symptoms aren’t getting worse.

Eventually, when all signs and symptoms of concussion have been resolved, your doctor will discuss the steps needed to safely play sports again. Remember, resuming sports activities too soon increases the risk of a second concussion and a potentially fatal brain injury.

Tribe will make sure that players with one or more signs or symptoms of concussion will be removed from activity until cleared to play again by a medical professional.

Tribe Lacrosse is located in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 838-3529 or visit tribelacrosse.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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