​The Dreaded Concussion: How to Know If You’re Athlete Might Be Suffering

​The Dreaded Concussion: How to Know If You’re Athlete Might Be Suffering

Posted by Hocsocx on 4th Feb 2019

As parents of athletes, we’re always waiting for the next time we’re breaking out an ice pack or

bandage and reminding our kids to “take it easy.” But one of the most dreaded injuries are

those hard blows to the head. Getting hit with a ball, colliding into another player, or taking a

hard fall to the ground might result in an overwhelming “oooowh” from the crowd in the stands

and a wave of panic in us.

Some of us might worry if that hit resulted in a concussion. Since our brains aren’t fully

developed until age 25, young athletes are more susceptible to brain damage if they suffer their

fair share of head injuries and concussions. The amount of concussions in sports is also a rising

statistic, so it makes sense if that fear comes to mind! You’re not “crazy” or “overprotective,”

no matter what your kids may say.

About half of concussions go undetected and unreported. So, it’s okay that you insist your

athlete see a physician after a hit to the head, regardless of how minor the incident may have

been.

But, how can we be sure if our athlete is in danger? And, when do we know if it’s really

imperative to call the doctor? If your athlete answers “yes” to experiencing some of these

symptoms, we recommend getting a medical professional’s opinion as soon as possible.

Physical Symptoms

Headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, nausea, dizziness, sensitivity to noise and/or light,

feeling off-balance, fatigued, feelings of weakness or numbness, having one pupil larger

than the other, and/or abnormal sleep habits.

Cognitive Symptoms

Unable to think clearly or quickly, unable to concentrate, memory loss, slurred speech,

confusion, and unable to recognize familiar faces, places, or events.

Emotional Symptoms

Feeling irritable, sad, erratic, nervous, anxious, restless, and/or agitated.

After reviewing these symptoms, you think your athlete might have a concussion…now what?!

Visiting your doctor is the best route to take. But in the meantime, there are a few

things your athlete can do to help heal. This includes a lot of rest and avoiding activities that

can be physically and/or mentally taxing. Unfortunately, this also means spending time off the

field until their mind and body have fully recovered.