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What You Need to Know About Concussions

Head-to-head contact, such as in football tackling, and collisions in sports, such as soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, are the primary causes of concussions in athletics. When an athlete’s head is the first and primary contact point with an opposing player or piece of equipment, the result can be a cervical spine fracture, a permanent brain injury, or a concussion.

The sports medicine experts at Southern California Orthopedic Institute say there are preventative steps that players, coaches, parents, and athletic directors can take to keep athletes safe throughout the season.

“The warning signs of a concussion including headaches, dizziness, and nausea,” explains Dr. Andrew M. Blecher, sports medicine doctor at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. “When parents, coaches, or athletes notice a player exhibiting these symptoms, it’s important to pull the player from the game immediately.”

Other symptoms of a concussion may include:

Athletes exhibiting any of these signs should stay off the field or court until a sports medicine doctor clears them for play. If an athlete returns to play too quickly following a concussion, his or her brain is more vulnerable to swelling and lasting brain damage.

If you have questions regarding how to help your son or daughter stay safe and avoid injury on the field, contact the sports medicine doctors at Southern California Orthopedic Institute by calling (877) 952-8484.

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