Arbor View Family Medicine stresses awareness about concussions and head/neck injuries

LANCASTER, OH, August 11, 2014– With the return to school right around the corner, millions of children will be hitting the court or field as they participate in competitive athletics. The possibility of serious or even life-threatening injuries is always present in athletics, physical education or even a bike ride to school.

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children are related to sports and recreational activities. More than 62,000 concussions are sustained each year in high school contact sports.

Football is a collision sport where head injuries and concussions association with the sport have been well publicized. It is often unknown that women’s soccer and cheerleading also have high numbers of neurological injuries.

Under-reporting is common with these injuries and may be due to the fact that athletes, coaches, trainers and families are unaware of all the symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

One of the biggest tips we can offer to prevent serious head injuries is to use headgear. Helmets and headgear should be worn at all time for sports like football, hockey, baseball, softball, horseback riding, cycling, skateboarding, wrestling, etc. Concussion awareness and understanding symptoms is critical in all sports. Staying educated is one of the best preventative measures one can take.

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