Not wearing a helmet means more than just avoiding helmet-hair (ala Justin Bieber 2010). Serious blows to the head can cause a concussion, a serious injury of the brain. Here are 11 must-asks of your school’s athletic coach to make sure you're protected.
What causes a concussion?
Answer should be: A violent hit to the head, neck or upper body can cause a concussion. A hard hit can cause your brain to slide back and forth forcefully against the inner wall of your skull.
What are some symptoms of a concussion?
Answer: Headache, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, amnesia, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting and slurred speech.
What is the procedure if an athlete gets a concussion?
Answer: We take the player out of the game and make sure he or she is checked out by a healthcare professional. Depending on what the health professional says, the athlete must go to a hospital to get further checked or can continue playing.
Is there medical staff on the field during games in case of injuries?
What tests are given?
Answer: A doctor can give neurological exam where he or she asks questions to the injured player to test vision, hearing, memory, reflexes and more. A CT scan can be given and the injured athlete can be observed overnight.
Can we give athletes aspirin if they have a concussion?
Answer: Absolutely not. It can increase the risk of bleeding. Only Tylenol should be given.
How can a concussion be cured?
Answer: By taking the athlete out of the game and letting him or her get checked by the medical staff. Ice and rest are the best cures.
Can a concussion go unnoticed?
Answer: It can. Some symptoms can be delayed days after and can lead to post-concussion syndrome.
What are the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome?
Answer: Headaches, mental fogginess, fatigue, difficulty concentrating or sleeping and more.
Are there any complications of concussions?
Answer: Epilepsy and brain injuries can occur, which is why it is so important for athletes to get checked out right away.
How can I avoid a concussion when playing sports?
Answer: Always wear the safety equipment given.
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