Recognizing and Preventing Concussions

Sports Illustrated and Time magazine has highlighted the dangers of concussions. With “Concussion”, the large screen movie featuring Will Smith set to premiere, the discussion is more prevalent than ever before.

A concussion is damage to the brain that results from the brain moving inside the skull. Contrary to popular belief, one does not need to obtain a direct hit to the head in order to suffer a concussion; any action that jolts the body may cause one. Approximately 4 million sports and recreational related concussions occur annually by 5-18 year olds.

Symptoms of concussions include: dizziness, fatigue, impaired memory and concentration, anxiety and sensitivity to noise. These symptoms can last one day to ten days. However, it is possible to feel residuals for months.

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REMEMBER THE THREE Rs.

Recognize– understand the symptoms so that you can identify them in in yourself, children, or fellow athletes.

Report– Tell a coach, parent, doctor, trainer, etc. even if you’re unsure if you’re feeling concussion symptoms.

Rest– Do not drive, participate in physical activity, or use electronics.

Failure to identify a concussion can lead to long-term forgetfulness, difficulty focusing and concentrating, slipping grades, and even behavioral changes.

Heads Up! Take preventative measures!

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Visit the CDC site to learn how you can prevent concussions à http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Heads_Up_factsheet_english-a.pdf

 

Lisamarie Ricigliano M.S. CF-SLP, TSSLD

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