What Should Young Athletes Know About Concussion?

Concussion prevention

It’s important to treat concussions as early as possible to prevent side effects later.

Q and A with Monica Stolze, DPT, ATP, NCS, a physical therapist and Program Manager at Inova Loudoun Outpatient Specialty Rehabilitation Center

Concussions have become a hot topic — and for good reason. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that, without proper management, can lead to irreversible damage or even death if a subsequent injury occurs. Recovery from each subsequent concussion can also take longer. Therefore, it’s important for young athletes and their parents to take any head injury seriously and disregard the “shake it off” attitude that is common in sports.

Concussion symptoms can include headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, tiredness, memory loss, and emotional sensitivity or anxiety. Symptoms may also not show up right away, developing within 24 to 72 hours post-injury.

If you think your athlete is suffering from a concussion, contact their physician or call Inova Loudoun Concussion Clinic. Seeking early medical attention can prevent serious side effects later. Treatment usually includes physical rest — avoiding physical activity — and mental rest. Proper hydration, nutrition and sleep also are necessary. It’s important to watch your child closely during this time, as symptoms can worsen, signifying a more serious problem.

Get Your Head in the Game

To make an appointment with Inova Loudoun Concussion Clinic, call 703-858-6699.

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