Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
Concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a serious problem amongst today’s athletes. While many sports organizations and coach training programs have made forward strides, thousands of athletes of all ages continue to suffer concussions. Oftentimes, concussions go unrecognized by players, parents and coaches. Even when TBIs are acknowledged, many coaches and players are too eager to get back in the game, putting the player at serious risk for a second concussion. Considering the fact that 70.5% of all sports and recreation-related TBI emergency department visits were among 10 to 19 year-olds, it’s especially important that parents of young athletes know about this type of injury.
A new infographic from Ohio University provides an introductory look at concussions and prevention. If you are an athlete, parent or coach, be sure to check out all of the invaluable information packed into this infographic. As a Houston sports medicine physician, I regularly encounter patients who have suffered concussions that went unrecognized for too long. Educate yourself so you can make the right decisions in the event you, your child or player experience a TBI.
- Headache, pressure in the head; seeming confused, dazed or stunned
- Feeling dizzy, sluggish, foggy
- Memory and concentration problems
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
Kids & Concussions
173,285 sports or recreation-related TBIs among children and adolescents 19 years or younger are treated in U.S. emergency departments. (This figure has increased by 62% from 2001 to 2009.) Fifteen percent of sports-related injuries in high school athletes are from concussion.
Concussion Is Not a “Football” Problem
Football players aren’t the only athletes at higher risk for concussion. In nine different sports, close to one in 10 injuries is a TBI. The activities most associated with TBI treatment at the emergency department include:
- Playground activities
The highest rate of concussion for boys is in football; for girls, in soccer. Severe concussion is most likely to occur in boys’ soccer and girls’ volleyball. Learn more about concussions in the infographic below…
Visit a Houston Sports Med Doctor
Concussions are serious injuries that require immediate professional medical evaluation. Don’t delay in getting an evaluation if you think you may have suffered a concussion. You can learn more about concussion recovery in this Houston sports medicine physician blog post. For an appointment at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, call (713) 756-5546. You can also schedule an appointment online.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.