Concussion

Concussions

Concussions are common, most frequently they occur in those who play contact sports, such as football. Sometimes people have concussions and do not realize it.

After experiencing a concussion, you can experience some temporary effects. Your brain will need time to rest and recover. UHealth Sports Medicine’s Concussion Program, established in 1995, offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and managing concussions to return athlete’s back to their activities as soon as possible.

How does a Concussion occur?
A disturbance of brain function like this occurs after a blow to the head or violent shaking of your skull.

Symptoms
-Headache
-Drowsiness
-Changes in appetite
-Lethargy and Fatigue
-Personality Changes
-Ringing in ears
-Restlessness
-Lack of coordination
-Sensitivity to light
-Sensitivity to noise
-Change in sleep patterns
-Difficulty concentrating *signs and symptoms may occur immediately or develop slowly over several hours

Seek emergency care for a child or adult who is experiencing the following after a head injury:
-Vomiting
-Extended loss of consciousness
-Changes in speech
-A worsening headache

Potential Treatments
-Important to monitor the athlete for 24 hours
-You may be asked to wake them up every 2 hours to check for signs or symptoms.

To make an appointment at any of our UHealth Sports Medicine locations, please call 305-243-3000 or use our online appointment request form.