By: Amber Fredrickson, DPT
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a direct or indirect force to the head or body that changes how the brain functions.
If these symptoms occur seek emergency medical assistance:
Recovery may be prolonged by: multiple concussions, history of migraines, learning or behavioral problems, symptoms of amnesia, fogginess, dizziness, anxiety or depression
Recovery can be assisted by: receiving appropriate therapies, drinking plenty of water, getting 8-10 hours of sleep each night, proper nutrition, wearing noise cancelling headphones and sunglasses to help reduce sound and light sensitivity
Stages to returning to activity following a concussion:
Children should return to school full time without symptoms prior to returning to sports (Stages 4-6). **PROGRESS TO NEXT STAGE AS TOLERATED ONCE SYMPTOM FREE FOR 24 HOURS**
For more information about concussions, please visit: Center of Disease Control: Heads Up