Concussions need to be properly diagnosed


A concussion is defined as any shear stress on the brain tissue causing damage from direct or Indirect impulsive force transmitted to the head.

Protecting from concussion requires athletes to follow correct techniques when involved in contact sports. It also requires that contact to the head not be ignored.

Athletes need to be aware that changes of consciousness, amnesia, confusion, feeling foggy, nausea, change in vision, noise sensitivity, and other neurologic changes maybe a sign of serious injury to the brain that can result in long term brain dysfunction or even death. Proper assessment by a trainer or coaching staff immediately after an injury should occur. If further evaluation is needed the player must immediately stop activity and get evaluated in a professional setting.

Once a patient is diagnosed with a concussion proper rest is the most important medical intervention. This means not playing video games, watching hours of TV, avoiding physical activity, wearing sunglasses if light sensitive, wearing ear plugs if noise sensitive and slowly returning to school work. Never allow a child to return to same-day play, and make sure he has had an appropriate symptomatic free period prior to returning to athletic activity. It is best to get your physician involved and have the child go through the graded return-to-play protocol.

Midwest Family & Sports Medicine is located in Naperville and caters to the professional as well as the “weekend warrior” athlete and all family members. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (630) 778-9444. Visit online at

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