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How to Treat Sports Concussions

By Edited Sep 21, 2015 3 2

If you've ever suffered from a concussion, especially from sports, you know just how frustrating it can be. Not only do you deal with constant headaches and pain, but you are suspended from playing sports until all symptoms are healed. 

As per a dictionary, a concussion in basic terms is having a sharp or hard blow to the head causing your brain to shake against your skull. 

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As an athlete myself, I know how irritating it is not being able to play your sport even though you think you are fine. I've had several concussions without even knowing it, and with each game and heading the ball (in soccer), I just made my problem worse and worse, unknowingly. Finally, after getting really bad headaches any time I made head to ball contact and the finally getting into a fist fight, it was time to go to the doctors. 

After discussing my symptoms, I had to take a SCAT-2 test. Basically, it is a oral and cognitive test that assessing the severity of your symptoms. Primarily, I only had really bad headaches, especially at work which had very irritating fluorescent lighting. Then, I had to go to about 6-7 hospital visits lasting anywhere from 1-6 hours long, talking to a psychiatrist, being prescribed ADHD medication for post-concussion concentration problems, MRIs, cognitive testing, and getting prescription glasses for eye muscle problems. It's almost been a year since I first visited the doctor for these concussions and it's still not over.

This just shows how serious concussions are to be taken, as they are cumulative, meaning the more concussions you get no matter if you are healed from the previous ones, the symptoms and your brain health will get worse and worse. 

          

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Treating Concussions

 It is always best to go to the doctors at first sign you think you may have a concussion. This mean, if in sports, any time you may get hit harder than normal in the head. It is very common in sports for people to become unconscious. Obviously you want to go to the doctor as soon as you can, so they can assess you. The rule of thumb is until you feel symptom free, you cannot return to sports.

If you do have a concussion, it is recommended to obviously not play sports, or any type of physical activity. If possible, even taking time of work or school. Also, to fully heal in the quickest amount of time possible, they say to not even read, use your cellphone, or watch tv as you want your brain to be at complete rest to heal.

Usually, you will get headaches almost daily, or at least that happened in my case. The only thing you can really do to help this is to take Advil or Tylenol, tea, lots of water, and sleep. 

After Your Concussion

 Obviously, you will be able to go back to playing sports. Though, it may not be recommended you play as rough or play as much, as these both risk another concussion. As I said, concussions are cumulative and if you get another one, you are at risk for more brain damage and worse symptoms that may be irreversible. 

   

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In conclusion, having a concussion sucks. The constant headaches are not worth it. Just make sure to be a little more careful while playing sports and on't do anything to risky, or risk your brain's health. 

 

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Comments

May 9, 2014 9:16pm
stuartseville
great article
Jan 31, 2015 10:43am
totalathletictherapy
You touch on some great points for concussion and I think the more objective testing you can have as a baseline prior to a concussion injury is huge in order to help the person come back in a healthy time frame to avoid possible. The SCAT is a good test and an easy one for anyone is the SAC tests. ImPact tests are the current gold standard. Another interesting area of research that is coming up is looking at vertigo after a concussion and its contribution in the symptoms and getting that corrected by a specialized physical therapist. Great article.
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