Dr. Tim Kremchek asks parents and coaches to work with the medical team of area schools, to provide support of athletes who have had a concussion. If parents or coaches are unsure, concussion testing is available. Concussions are caused by more than just helmet-to-helmet contact. Any time there is a hard hit or fall, coaches and parents should watch for symptoms of a concussion.
Some of the more common concussion symptoms are listed below. Any of these symptoms are warning signs of a concussion. If you start to notice these signs, please consult a physician immediately. It is important to remove the athlete from the game to prevent additional injury or further concussions.
Some signs and symptoms observed by staff are:
- Athlete appears to be dazed or stunned.
- Forgets events prior/after hit.
- Forgets plays.
- Moves clumsily.
- Answers simple questions slowly.
Some symptoms reported by the athlete are:
- Balance problems
- Fuzzy vision
- Feeling sluggish
Beacon Orthopaedics offers ImPACT testing, which is a computerized neurocognitive assessment tool that is used by physicians to determine an athlete’s ability to return to play after suffering a concussion. If you want to know more about the ImPACT baseline testing for your athlete, click here.