Concussions can happen for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re playing a competitive sport or simply walking down the stairs, an accident can result in a concussion in a matter of moments. A concussion is a serious condition that should be managed and cared for until the patient is restored to health. If you or someone you love is currently recovering from a concussion, it’s important to engage in effective concussion management. Here are five top methods and tips you should consider when managing a concussion. Cognitive Rest  Your brain is an organ just like any other, and it’s important to give it some rest after you’ve been injured. If you’ve sustained a concussion, it’s important to let your brain rest just like you would let your knee rest if you’ve hurt it. Cognitive rest can include any of the following: limiting bright lights and loud noises refraining from watching Continue reading →

Head trauma has long been a leading cause of serious injury across a wide range of professional contact sports, besides among college, high school, and amateur sports players. Concussions are a variety of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that often occurs when sports participants accidentally knock heads, receive an elbow, knee, or foot impact to their head, receive too many direct head blows in boxing, collide head-first with the ground or a stationery object, or otherwise suffer from sudden, forceful head trauma. A single major concussion or a long series of smaller concussions in sports events can be career-ending and may lead to chronic severe headaches, nervous system damage, depression, suicidal thoughts, violent/erratic behaviors, and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which can only be successfully diagnosed after death.

If you or someone you know has recently experienced a blow to the head, it’s wise to check for symptoms of concussion and consult a medical expert just to be on the safe side. However, many of us do occasionally hit our heads without any serious consequences – so how do we know when it’s time to get down to the emergency room?

  According to the journal, Radiology, a single concussion could result in lasting brain damage. With anywhere between 10% and 20% of all athletes suffering a concussion each season, it’s important to have complete concussion management to prevent devastatingly permanent or even fatal brain injuries. The following information explains a concussion, and the steps to go through in order to complete concussion management, reducing its effects. What is a Concussion? A concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is a difficult process affecting the impulse or acceleration forces delivered to the brain. Concussions can cause a myriad of effects. However, concussions most commonly cause temporary dysfunction in the nerves, which results in the athlete’s nerves not working properly, causing symptoms such as: – Head pressure – Headaches – Vomiting or Nausea – Neck pain – Blurred vision – Dizziness – Sensitivity to light or noise – Problems with balance – Feelings Continue reading →

  Concern over concussions within young athletes has been growing at a significant rate. As a result, more and more interest has been paid to what causes concussions, detection methods, and prevention methods as well. The following information discusses one of the leading methods designed to effectively prevent concussions. What is a Concussion Baseline Test? A concussion baseline test is a pre-season exam conducted by a qualified healthcare professionals used to determine the athlete’s brain balance and brain function. These functions include memory and learning skills, problem solving skills, and concentration. The concussion baseline test essentially is designed to detect whether the individual has any symptoms of a concussion. The results from a concussion baseline test can be used by a physician during the season to compare and contrast if a concussion is suspected. When Does Concussion Baseline Testing Happen? Baseline testing typically will happen during the pre-seasons before the Continue reading →

PCS And Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment One of the most common head injuries you can acquire is a concussion. In fact it may not take as much damage as you may think to acquire such an injury. It is especially common among athletes who play physical sports such as hockey or football. Like all brain injuries, concussions require careful treatment to assure proper healing. Concussions have been studied very heavily in recent years, and this increased focus on understanding such injuries has led to increase in effective treatment methods. PCS is defined as symptoms stemming from a concussion that can occur weeks, months, or even a year after the initial injury. The diagnosis is commonly made when symptoms still persist after a period of three months. Post-concussion syndrome doesn’t require you receive an extreme injury either. A concussion in which you managed to remain conscious can still lead to illness and require Continue reading →