Participating in sports is always good for keeping in shape, learning how to work in a team setting, and being disciplined. While there are always safety precautions while playing any sport, accidents can happen. One of the most common sport injuries that occur is concussion. By definition a concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head that can result in a temporary loss of normal brain function. Concussions have a higher risk factor in collision sports such as football and hockey. Helmets are designed to prevent skull fractures, not concussions.
Common symptoms of a concussion that might sound familiar:
However, there are symptoms that you may not realize are also results from a concussion. These symptoms may not always show up immediately but can occur a few days after the incident:
At NJ Spine and Wellness we can not just help determine if you have a concussion but help with treatment and get you back on your feet as you recover! We will make returning to work, play, or school as safe as possible.
The most accurate way to assess a concussion is by making sure a baseline test is done prior to sport or activity, then comparing the results with a post-concussion re-examination. Baseline Testing is extremely important in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions. It examines a person’s memory, reaction time, impulse control, ability to focus, cognition, and balance when a person is healthy so that if a concussion is suspected, we re-test and compare results to their baseline scores. Our concussion management program includes the following evaluations:
Research has shown that getting the athlete started on a controlled sub threshold exercise by a healthcare professional within 24-48 hours following an injury has improved outcomes and decrease time spent out of school and sports.
If you or someone that you know has been experiencing these symptoms after a collision/blow to the head whether it was during a sporting event or any other accident, the person should rest and not participate in any vigorous activities until they consult with a health-care professional. We will ensure you return to your life better, faster, and safer. Contact us today for consultation with our concussion specialists!