PinnacleHealth Sports Medicine: Concussions

PinnacleHealth Sports Medicine Center can take care of injuries no matter what they are or how they occur. So whether it’s football and baseball or street hockey and bocce ball, it can help.

All concussions are serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help aid recovery and prevent further injury, or even death.

When concussion is suspected, a trained coach, certified athletic trainer or the team physician should immediately perform an initial “sideline” evaluation, including:

  • Symptoms list review
  • Focused neurological exam
  • Focused orientation exam that tests short-term memory recall such as the event, play, opponent, score or last meal
  • Focused orientation exam that tests long term recall such as name, birth date, place of birth
  • Assessment of athlete’s ability to stay attentive to a complex task such as reciting months backwards

Symptoms include:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Feeling more emotional, nervous, or anxious
  • Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”

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