Concussion is an injury to the brain, usually caused by a blow to the head. Most of the time, concussion doesn’t involve a loss of consciousness, but all concussions are serious. Recognizing concussion and responding properly can help prevent additional injury or even death.
The world-class neurology and sports medicine specialists at UCHealth provide expert diagnosis and treatment for concussion at several locations throughout the Front Range. Your concussion treatment team includes healthcare professionals from multiple medical specialties, including:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Biofeedback and acupuncture therapy
Signs and symptoms
Concussion can occur in many different settings and in almost any sport, including cheerleading. But athletes in contact sports—football, hockey, rugby, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, softball—have a 10- to 20-percent chance of experiencing a concussion each playing season. In high school football alone, players across the United States experience as many as 250,000 concussions each year.
Returning to play before the brain has healed from concussion may result in more frequent and recurring concussions. That can lead to even more lost playing time, as well as an increasingly serious condition known as second impact syndrome, a severe swelling of the brain that potentially can be fatal.
Coaches, players and parents can contribute to concussion awareness by recognizing, reporting and getting help for these common concussion symptoms:
- Vision changes or vision disturbance
- Loss of balance
- Loss of consciousness
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss