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Published on June 04, 2013

Concussions: Take Blows to the Head Seriously

If your kids are engaged in any type of sport or physical activity – including good-natured horsing around - the chances are good they’ll get bopped on the head. And if that “bop” is hard enough, it could cause a concussion.

Take a look at these quick facts:

  • A concussion is a serious brain injury.
  • Most concussions occur without passing out.
  • Recognizing and responding appropriately when a concussion occurs can prevent further injury and even death.
  • Over the last ten years, emergency department visits for sports and recreation related concussions increased by 60%.
  • The activities with the greatest number of concussion related emergency room visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can actually change the way our brain works. Concussions can also be caused by a strong hit to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.

Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion than adults. It also takes them longer to recover. While the concussion may appear to be mild, the injury can lead to lifelong problems that affect memory, behavior, learning and emotions.

What We Know

Health care professionals have learned a lot over the past decade about preventing, recognizing and treating concussions. This includes baseline concussion screening to assess your child’s balance and brain function, as well as the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from the baseline test can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted later if there is a suspected concussion.

The best time to do the base line testing is pre-season, ideally before the first practice. Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and Midwest Orthopedic Sports Medicine encourage you to schedule your free concussion baseline screening along with your sports physical. It’s a must do for student athletes a well as active adults. 

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Concussions: Take Blows to the Head Seriously