What is a concussion?
A traumatic brain injury, that affects the way your brains works, usually caused by a sudden blow to the head, and can cause damage to the nerves and blood vessels of the brain.
What are the most common causes of concussions and how are they diagnosed?
Concussions most commonly occur in contact sports, in addition to any other incident involving the head. Today many trainers and coaches are able to use a computer-based concussion test called IMPACT with their athletes to assess for injury. As a primary care physician, Dr. Mani recommends limiting all physical activities for at least 7 days post-injury. “When in doubt, sit it out.”
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
What should parents do after the injury?
According to Dr. Mani, most concussions are minor with mild symptoms that can be treated with Tylenol. However, if a parent or coach suspects a concussion, it’s best to seek medical attention quickly. Parents should pay attention to behavioral changes, emotional irregularities, and changes in sleep patterns. If symptoms last more than 7 days, a neuro exam is recommended.