What You Need To Know About Concussions

Concussion is a hot topic these days, particularly with regards to young athletes. We are very fortunate to live in a time where these injuries are taken seriously. As the kids get back into the swing of their extra curricular sports, here are some things to keep in mind about concussions: 

  • A concussion does not need a blow to the head to occur. A whiplash type injury, or a blow to the chest can cause a concussion. 
  • You do not need to be knocked unconscious to suffer a concussion. You may just feel like you have “had your bell rung”.
  • Symptoms may include headaches, mental fog, dizziness, balance issues, irritability, sensitivity to noise or light, difficulties sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and neck pain or restricted motion, among others. 
  • Generally speaking, imaging like CT scans will look completely normal with a concussion, These are good if there is concern about more serious damage, but a clean scan does not mean there is no possibility of concussion.
  • Where a child has sustained a head or neck injury during play or practice, they should not return to the play. Symptoms may be delayed.They should be removed from the game and monitored.
  • If symptoms get worse following a concussion, or vomiting continues, seek emergency medical help immediately. Red flags include worsening headache, worsening or relapsing nausea and vomiting. 
  • If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion or you suspect they may have a concussion, many chiropractors and physiotherapists are trained in concussion management and can help guide you in their care, as well as return to school and sports recommendations.  
  • Children are not the only ones who can get concussions. Adults can as well. Typically symptoms last longer in adults, and they need the same care and attention that children do. 

Don’t forget to ask your chiropractor about pre-season baseline testing for your child if the team does not provide that service.