When your loved one is involved in athletics, it's important to recognize the symptoms of a concussion.
A concussion can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms that usually go away entirely within three weeks but may persist, or complications may occur. A concussion may cause moderate changes in a person’s thinking, emotional, or physical abilities.
Call 911 immediately if an athlete with a head injury:
Cannot be awakened
Has one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other
Has convulsions or seizures
Has slurred speech
Is getting increasingly confused, restless, or agitated
Increased sensitivity to sound, light, distractions
Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
Difficulty organizing daily tasks
Difficulty making decisions
Anxiety/depression or mood changes
TREATMENT The evaluations conducted by the health care experts at the Berman Brain & Spine Institute may be brief screenings or more comprehensive studies to assess brain functions that are vulnerable after a mild brain injury, including mental processing speed, attention/concentration, and other executive functions (e.g., working memory, behavior regulation, task initiation, and planning and organization). The evaluators make appropriate referrals for patients to individually tailored partial or comprehensive treatment programs that promote healthy recovery (including after-injury plans for accommodations at home, school, or work).
The Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at Brain & Spine Institute stand ready to provide your student-athlete with the attention, assessment, and care that he or she requires following such an injury.