Due to the nonchalant attitude towards concussions, researchers are conducting more studies into the injury to determine its severity and extent. Specifically, researchers are trying to study what happens and how damaging it is when the injury is ignored. Concussions can be ignored in several ways: the student athlete does not tell his or her coach or personal trainer about the injury or the student athlete is placed back into play before the injury has had sufficient time to heal. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, an estimated 135,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for serious brain or head injuries such as concussions. Those student athletes who are placed back into play too soon risk sustaining a second injury and possibly incurring permanent brain damage.
Because concussions are hard to diagnose, doctors say it is better to be safe than sorry. If a child has sustained a hit his or her head that has left the child feeling dizzy or otherwise off balance, he or she should be taken out of play and seek medical attention immediately. If you would like to read more on this topic please see Concussions taken more seriously after Northeast Florida study.
Below is a list of the common symptoms of a concussion:
– Confusion or amnesia about the incident.
– Headache or ringing in the ears.
– Nausea or vomiting
– Slurred speech
– Some symptoms can set in hours or days later.