Concussion Specialists Help Young Athletes Stay Safe

A bump, blow or jolt to the head – whether from a fall, accident or sporting event – is an injury that can have serious consequences. Even a mild bump, if not properly treated, can alter the way your brain works.

Repeated concussions can be life-altering if not properly treated. New assessment tools enable Mercy Health physicians to measure multiple aspects of brain function such as memory and mental processing speed, in order to assess a concussion’s severity.

The Mercy Health team of concussion specialists routinely manages athletes from middle school through college. With their expertise, young athletes safely return to play as quickly as possible following a sports concussion.

If you have a concussion or symptoms of a concussion, contact a Mercy Health physician today.

Symptoms of a concussion

Thinking/Remembering

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering

Physical

  • Headache, blurred vision
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light, noise

Emotions/Mood

  • Irritable, sad
  • Nervous, anxious

Sleep

  • Sleep more, less than usual

Symptoms of a concussion can occur immediately or have a delayed onset and usually resolve in a few days. However, some symptoms can last for weeks or months after the injury.

If your athlete experiences any of these symptoms, it is very important to see a physician right away for proper treatment and to prevent additional injury.

Ohio’s Return-to-Play Law

As healthcare providers, we understand the implications of a concussion, which is why we support Ohio’s Return-to-Play Law. The Return-to-Play Law was designed to protect the brains and futures of young student athletes by preventing them from continuing to play when exhibiting signs of a concussion.

The law, which went into effect on April 26, 2013, prohibits schools from allowing any athlete who exhibits symptoms of a concussion while practicing or playing in an athletic event to return to play on the same day. The athlete also cannot return to play until he/she is evaluated by a physician or other licensed medical provider, and the athlete provides written clearance from the medical professional that it is safe for the athlete to return to play.

For more information on the Ohio’s Return-to-Play law, click here.