WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CONCUSSIONS

Common Signs of a Concussion

  • Due to the fact that the majority of concussions are caused by a direct blow to the head, a severe headache can occur which is comparable to a nasty migraine headache that comes in ebbs and flows with sensitivity to light and sound.

  • There might be difficulty concentrating or suffering from loss of memory. A concussion may also cause slow or encumbered decision making, a total lack of focus, or the inability to recall normal routine.

  • Concussions can cause immediate dizziness, vertigo, and difficulty staying balanced and coordinated, culminating in the individual having trouble standing up and walking in a straight line.

  • Following serious head trauma, it is common for the pupils—either one pupil on the side of the head affected or both pupils—to appear dilated or unusually large in size.

  • Nausea, and in more severe concussion cases, repeated vomiting may occur due to head trauma, headache, and compromised balance and vision.

  • Blurry vision may occur and signal a concussion when you ask the individual to tell you how many fingers they are holding up post-injury. Concussion victims also often complain of light sensitivity following an injury.

  • If you can see the area where the head suffered impact, you may notice a large, swollen bump or even bruising where the trauma took place.

  • It’s common for concussion victims to suffer from emotional highs and lows following head trauma. For instance, they may suffer extreme mood swings, get easily irritated and upset, suffer from depression, or seem exceedingly anxious and agitated.

  • Because a concussion sends the brain into a spinning motion, normal speech patterns often sound slurred, incomprehensible, or the victim will have difficulty speaking.

  • One of 2 extremes can occur with concussion victims—either they will sleep more than usual or suffer from lack of sleep and have trouble getting adequate rest—following their head trauma.

SPORTS CONCUSSIONS

-A concussion is a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) induced by an impulsive force transmitted to the head resulting from a direct or indirect impact to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere. These concussions may present with a wide range of clinical signs and symptoms, including physical signs (loss of consciousness, amnesia), behavioral changes (irritability), cognitive impairment (slowed reaction times), sleep disturbances (drowsiness), somatic symptoms (headaches), cognitive symptoms (feeling “in a fog”), and/or emotional symptoms (emotional lability). Because these impairments in neurological function often present with a rapid onset and resolve spontaneously, many concussions are neither recognized by athletes nor observed by coaches or athletic trainers. As a result, a large proportion of concussions are simply unreported.

-The rate of concussion has been increasing steadily over the past two decades. This trend is likely due to improvement in the detection of concussion, but may also reflect an increase in the true number of concussive impacts occurring. As athletes get bigger, stronger, and faster, it is logical that the forces associated with their collisions would also increase in magnitude. It is important to realize that there is currently no effective headgear that prevents concussions so, as the number of forceful collisions increase, the number of concussions would be expected to increase.

-In general, athletes tend to have a higher risk of concussion in competition as compared to practice. However, given the higher frequency of practices compared to games, and the resulting total number of concussions occurring in practice, one way to quickly and drastically reduce a sport's concussion risk would be to limit unnecessary contact in practice. The majority of concussions in high school athletes resulted from participation in football, followed by girls' soccer, boys' soccer, and girls' basketball.

-About 300,000 TBIs occur each year as the result of sports, according to a study published in the Journal of Athletic Training. Female athletes have higher rates of concussions than do their male counterparts, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. While concussions can occur during nearly any sport, they are most common in football, wrestling, ice hockey, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse.

-Concussions can also happen as the result of car crashes, physical altercations, and accidental falls.

No matter how they happen, concussions injure your brain to some extent and they all require time to heal. Brain injury from even the mildest concussion can have short-term and long-term effects. The effects of a concussion can be subtle and change over time. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer.

WHAT HYPERBARIC CAN DO FOR SPORTS RELATED CONCUSSIONS

Fortunately the days of “walk it off” are long gone and concussions have become a major health concern in sports medicine, particularly for football players. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of the lowest-risk, proactive treatments available for a player suffering from post-concussion syndrome. In numerous studies, Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has proven to alleviate symptoms, improve physical exam results and cognitive measurements. Standard treatments often involve medications that can have side effects. For safe, effective treatment of post-concussion syndrome ask your physician about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.​

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

  • The treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, {TBI} Concussion,

  • Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and PTSD with HBOT

Current concussion and post concussion syndrome “treatment” consists of repeating neurologic testing followed by rest. When the rest period is over the patient is returned to his previous status – post concussion – or the patient continues to be disabled. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the ONLY real treatment for traumatic brain injury. Results from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include: reduction of brain swelling (bruising); stimulation of new blood vessel growth; activation of idle and injured neurons; clearance of free radicals and reduction of substances that cause cell injury; and improved blood flow to areas that are important to memory, mood and behavior. All these effects serve to mitigate or eliminate post concussion syndrome symptoms and improve neurologic function. Adverse symptoms such as headaches, confusion, nausea, tinnitus, dizziness, memory/concentration deficiency, insomnia, motor function fatigue and mood irritability drastically improve. Treatment protocol is 1.5 ATA 100% oxygen for 40 one-hour treatments and studies demonstrate that at these levels the improvements are permanent.

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