School Sports: Concussion

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the fall school sports season. Doctors are becoming more aware of the seriousness of concussions in athletes, and that means coaches, athletes and parents need to learn about the current recommendations about concussion.

A concussion happens when a blow or jolt to the head jostles the brain inside the skull. Athletes can help prevent concussions by making sure their helmets fit properly and by wearing their helmets in games and practices. Dr. Robert Dimeff, a sports medicine expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says athletes, coaches and parents should know the symptoms to look out for. These symptoms can occur immediately after an injury or days later. Athletes should notify a parent or coach if they have headaches, a feeling of pressure in the head, nausea, balance problems, dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or noise, fatigue or difficulty concentrating. Parents should look for mood or behavior changes or difficulty with school work that wasn’t a problem before the injury.

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August 2011

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