June 8th, 2012

Health N' Sports: Concussion News

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: Concussion News
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on condition

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation.

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

The topic of concussions has become increasingly prevalent in today’s news.  Whether it’s the soldier returning from war with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or the high school football player, concussion awareness is becoming more essential.

Concussions result when an individual’s head is struck or the person comes to a sudden and immediate stop.  This results in a violent shaking of the brain which causes the depolarization of brain cells and the release of receptor inhibiting chemicals.  Typical concussion symptoms include confusion, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and, sometimes, unconsciousness.  There are various concussion grading systems which are used to determine the severity.  The loss of consciousness is usually the determining factor in the diagnosis of a severe concussion.

It is estimated more then 500,000 children and adolescents suffer a mild concussion each year.  A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found some of these children deal with post concussion symptoms months after the injury.

This study, conducted at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University, included 186 children who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury.  When compared to children ages 8 to 15 who did not sustain an injury, the individuals a concussion were more likely to have persistent symptoms such as headache, fatigue, inattention and forgetfulness for up to a year following the incident.

The use of preseason testing has become increasingly more common in interscholastic sports.  Tools, such as the ImPact test, are administered during a pre-participation physical and are used to determine if the individual is ready to return to play.  These programs compare baseline and post injury readings and help decide if the child has recovered.

When dealing with concussions, it is crucial to acknowledge the injury.  The days of saying “they just got their bell rung” are over.  Symptoms should never be ignored and professionals should always diagnose, treat, and determine if the child is ready to return to activity.  There’s a reason why the NFL is changing rules and spending millions of dollars studying the effects of concussions.

Feature story written by: Mike Mehring, ATC

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

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