Crashing into the End-Zone
Student athletes have a lot to worry about, between school, extracurricular activities and their social lives. They don’t always think about the less fun topics, like concussions. Family Practice Physician Case Everett, MD, urges students to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a brain injury. After all, a bump to the head can leave you feeling all out of sorts but show no external symptoms, so only you will know if there’s something wrong!
When it comes to a knock on the head, teen athletes are at a higher risk for concussions. What’s worse, if they don’t know what to look for, they can suffer ANOTHER concussion while healing from the first one, extending the time needed to heal, which means time out of the game. Most importantly, it can lead to severe brain damage, yikes!
So students, what should you be looking for? Well, symptoms vary from person to person, but here are some key signs to watch for:
- Headaches or pressure
- Balance Problems
- Double or blurred vision
- Light or noise sensitivity
- Sluggish, groggy feeling
- Confusion, trouble concentrating or memory issues
- Just not feeling “right”
For parents and coaches, there are additional things to watch out for:
- Dazed or stunned appearance
- Unsure of what they are doing, the current score or what team they are playing against
- Slow to respond to questions
- Loss of consciousness, no matter how brief
- Mood, behavior or personality changes
- Loss of memory of what happened before or after the hit
If anyone is suspected of having a concussion, don’t let them keep playing! Park them on the bench and seek medical care as soon as possible for evaluation and recovery options. If they lost consciousness, cannot be awakened or are drowsy, have slurred speech, seizures, confusion, unusual behavior, weakness, numbness or vomiting and nausea, seek immediate medical care to rule out a more serious injury. When it comes to recovery, everyone is different, so visit your primary care provider for tips and get your rest; your brain will thank you!
Published Oct 12, 2017
Family Practice Physician Case Everett, MD, practices full-time at the MHP Medical Group, providing primary care to all ages and also delivering babies. Dr. Everett is originally from New Sharon and is passionate about serving his home community. Dr. Everett chose Family Practice with obstetrics because he knew there was a need for obstetrical providers in rural Iowa and wanted to provide an all-encompassing medical practice to his patients.