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Our mission at Lemak Sports Medicine Concussion Management Clinic(s) is to provide patients (athlete or non-athlete), of any age, with prompt evaluation, proper treatment and medical clearance for sports and non-sports-related concussion. Every patient will receive a comprehensive evaluation, including a medical exam, neurocognitive testing and, if indicated, neuropsychological testing. Our team of experts will guide treatment, which may include rehabilitation, neurocognitive and vestibular therapy.
The primary goal of concussion management in our clinic will be to return patients to their activity(s) in the safest condition possible. Through this clinic, we hope to increase awareness of significance of concussions among athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and active individuals of any age or fitness level. In addition, we aim to advance understanding of concussion diagnosis and management among health care professionals, such as emergency room physicians, family physicians and pediatricians.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mild TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. The sudden movelment causes the head, brain to move quickly back and forth resulting in reversible disruption of normal brain function. These changes can become permanent if not treated properly.
A concussion is classified as “mild” brain injury because it is not life-threatening. However, the effects from a concussion can be serious and last for days, weeks or even longer. No one should return to a t risk participation when symptoms of a concussion are present and recovery is ongoing.
What Causes a Concussion?
In an adult, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries are common causes of concussions. Any sport that involves contact can result in a concussion.
Among children, most concussions happen on the playground, while bike riding, or when playing sports such as football, basketball, or soccer.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptom of a concussion is a headache. This is an especially serious symptom if the headache gets worse over time.
Other symptoms include:
- Balance problems/dizziness
- Double or blurry vission
- Sensitivity to light and noise
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Trouble comprehending and/or concentrating
Some additional danger signs are:
- Loss of consciousness for any amount of time
- Not knowing people or places, unusual behavior
In children, the signs to seek emergency treatment include:
- Any of the adult symptoms listed above
- Will not stop crying or calm down
- Will not nurse or eat