Concussions in Student Athletes


posted in on September 14,2017

With school being back in session for students of all ages, fall sports are in full swing. Sport-related concussions will be on the rise over the next couple of months. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (or TBI). Concussions are typically caused by a direct blow to the head or neck. There are over 300,000 sports-related concussions in the United States each year with female athletes being more prone to suffer from a concussion. Symptoms normally appear within minutes of the incident, but some symptoms may take hours, or longer.

Symptoms Include:

  • Balance difficulties
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Behavioral changes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Excessive drowsiness

If You Suspect a Concussion:

  • Do not allow the athlete to return to play.
  • Avoid pain relievers, they can increase the risk of a brain bleed.
  • Do not leave an athlete alone that may have a concussion.
  • The athlete needs to rest until no further symptoms exist.

Participation in athletics plays a big role in social development, and responsibility in students, but safety always needs to be priority.



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