With kids going back to school and beginning their athletic seasons, parents and coaches around the country must always be reminded of worst case scenarios like concussions. We hear about them on the news, in the paper, you probably know of some one that has had one; but what exactly are concussions? With up to 4 million athletes experiencing these each year; it has never been more important to understand the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment protocol in order to not only treat them properly, but also prevent the prevalence of concussions. Concussions are the result of sustained force to the head or neck. These do not have to result from intense force. Actually minor head trauma can cause a substantial amount of damage, leading the victim to overlook the symptoms and signs. Research shows these minor traumas often lead to lifelong problems for athletes when not handled with precautions.

First of all, contrary to prior belief, a concussion does not always result in loss of consciousness. Common symptoms include headaches, short term memory loss, nausea, dizziness, balance problems, sleep loss, or sensitivity to light and sound. Because many of these symptoms are thought to be “normal” of a slip, fall, or collision; it is very common that trainers or coaches may overlook a concussion while it is in the progress of occurring. Also, any radiographic tests resulting from concussion usually come back negative; therefore making long term issues from overlooking concussion very common. Consequently, the only way to diagnosis a concussion is to see a physician and look over clinical, and physiological evidence.

Protocol for Suspected Concussion

  1. Remove from play immediately! Concussion should be suspected with any type of significant head trauma.
  2. See your physician immediately to review evidence and get a proper assessment that may be indicative of concussion.
  3. If symptoms worsen or progress, seek out the Emergency room for further evaluation. If the symptoms stay the same or improve, athlete shall be monitored closely for 48 hours at home.
  4. Athlete will begin a slow progression back to play at the physician’s recommendations. This is at the physician’s discretion and is usually 5 days to 5 weeks to get cleared for release to play.

With the football season kicking off, and high school and college sports back in full swing there is never a better time to educate your children or teams about the symptoms and protocols regarding concussion. Optimal Chiropractic in Crown Point, Indiana wants to be your primary outlet for the health of your children and athletes. If children are kept healthy in the first place; incidence of concussion is substantially decreased. It is never too late to get your children and adolescents check at our office in Crown Point. Optimal Chiropractic offers child and adolescent exams, and sports specific care to keep kids healthy all year around. Call our office today and schedule an appointment! 219-661-8680