With school starting and sports activities gearing up, it’s important for parents and student athletes to be aware of the symptoms of concussions and how to treat them. Here are some facts to keep in mind, should you suspect that a concussion has occurred:

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. It can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move back and forth quickly. The signs of a concussion may appear immediately or not be noticed until days, or even weeks, after the injury.

Symptoms of a concussion may be physical, cognitive or emotional and can include, among other conditions:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with balance and coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Seizures
  • Memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Decreased problem-solving ability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety, depression and aggression

If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, there are ways to improve recovery and prevent further injury, including physical therapy. Check with your medical provider such as your school’s athletic trainer or your physician for a plan to return to activity. A physical therapist can also help to increase the chances of a full recovery. Call us at 517.263.3378 or use our online scheduling to request a free consultation.