Get a 'heads up' on concussion information
A concussion is a complex process affecting the brain, and is induced by traumatic biochemical forces. It can be caused by a direct blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow elsewhere on the body which transmits force to the head.
"It's more than just the collision," says Hollie Kozak, M.Ed., AT, manager of Summa Center for Sports Health. "It's the fact that the head is jarred or twisted and the brain gets bounced around."
During the past 15 years, studies and research into concussions have greatly increased, according to James Goff, D.O., a Summa sports medicine specialist. And, he says, the medical community has only scratched the surface.
"There is still a lot about concussions that we don't know," Dr. Goff points out. "Research going on today will change the way we take care of concussions during the next 10 to 15 years."
Most concussions will resolve on their own in 7 to 10 days, but others may take 30 days or more for symptoms to subside.
Symptoms of concussions usually fall into four categories:
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Summa Center for Sports Health is taking a multi-prong approach with education and wants to empower parents, coaches, teachers and the community to be more aware about concussions and what they can do to keep student athletes safe. Our multi-prong approach includes:
Learn more and read about a local athlete's struggle with a concussion.
Summa’s sports medicine physicians offer expert sports concussion care with same-day/next-day appointments for anyone 8 years and older. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 778-6627.