A concussion is a type of injury that affects the brain resulting from a traumatic impact or jolting of the head. The brain, which is made of soft tissue is forced against the hard surface of the skull bone causing injury to the brain. With this injury symptoms can include:
This is one of the main injuries seen in adolescent sports especially football, soccer, field hockey, basketball, and wrestling, mainly because of the impact that is seen to the head in these activities. This injury and/or sympoms should be reported immediately to a Sports Medicine Physician or your Certified Athletic Trainer because of the severity and risk that is associated with this injury. If a player returns to play to soon after getting a concussion before their symptoms are all clear and they sustain another impact to the head they can possible get something called "second impact syndrome" which causes much more severe symptoms or can even be fatal. It is important to remember that this is a very serious injury with possible long term affects if left untreated.
Our concussion trained sports medicine physicians can properly evaluate the severity of your head injury and give the best advice as to how and when you can return to your sport safely. Our physicians also have the ability to do pre and post concussion ImPACT testing to help make the most appropriate diagnosis for your specialized situation. For more information on ImPACT testing click here: http://www.impacttest.com.
At Geisinger Sports Medicine, we help athletes with concussions recover with the best techniques modern medicine has to offer. If you or your child sustains a minor head injury, Contact us today for an appointment at our state-of-the-art facility.
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