The official high school football season is here! Players, coaches, students, and families are all equally excited! Along with this fall excitement is the precarious position of winning one for the home team and suffering physical injuries while attaining that goal. Those physical injuries can range from sprains, fractures, and concussions. Concussions are the latest hot topics since the NFL has finally acknowledged and will compensate the treatment of concussions for its past, present and future players.
Concussions are a real concern for football players, as well as athletes in other fields. Intense physical contact among players is a part of the game; however, when there are resulting injuries it becomes a serious issue. “Every year, at least 1.7 million TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) occur either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI. www.cdc.gov
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a concussion is considered a brain injury though short lived not to be taken lightly. Those who suffer a concussion are likely to repeat this injury and it becomes dangerous at that point. Symptoms of concussions are: headaches, confusion, some nausea, drowsiness, and slurred speech. It is necessary to watch the patient within the next two days after injury sometimes hospitalization is required. Some of the warning signs could be: inability to recognize people or places, nausea or vomiting, slow pulse, erratic behavior, seizures, intensifying headaches, weakness or numbness in limbs, and difficulty waking up. www.clevelandclinic.org If your child displays any of these symptoms or warning signs, they should be transported to the hospital immediately.