What's the impact of a concussion?
Concussions are becoming more common in today's student athletes. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the number of concussions in teens ranging from 14-19 has increased nearly 200 percent in just a decade. Repeated concussions can result in long-term brain damage. So, parents and athletes should know how to identify and evaluate concussions when they happen.
Know the signs of a concussion
It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion to get treated properly and take steps to prevent future injuries. Review these concussion facts:
Get an evaluation for your concussion
Athletes of all ages should have their concussion evaluated. Our sports medicine team has experts specially certified in concussion evaluation and management. They use the ImPACT concussion evaluation system—a five step program for management and recovery that helps prevent further injury. The ImPACT system uses the latest research to help physicians and athletes decide when it is safe to return to normal activities.
If you have questions about concussions, contact the Community Sports Medicine team at 317-497-6024.