A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function and causes temporary cognitive and physical problems. Concussions need medical evaluation, whether from an athletic trainer, sports medicine physician, primary care physician or emergency room physician. If concussions are not properly treated, complications can result, including permanent damage.
Concussions usually happen with an impact to the head or body – a blow, bump or jolt. Because of the sudden change of direction or speed, the brain continues to move while the rest of the head doesn’t. The result is a stretching of neurons and other microscopic damage within the brain.
Parents should monitor closely for the signs and symptoms of a concussion (make a link to actual signs and symptoms). Accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment will give you the best possible outcome. Contact a Springfield Clinic Athletic Trainer or Sports Medicine Physician at 217.528.7541 if any of the below signs or symptoms are present as a result of an apparent head injury.
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