///What To Do If You Suspect A Concussion?

What To Do If You Suspect A Concussion?

2017-11-22T10:45:37+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death.

Possible signs/symptoms resulting from a concussion:

Headache

Nausea

Dizziness

Visual problems

Balance problems

Fatigue

Lethargy

 

Nervousness

Drowsiness

Difficulty remembering

Sleeping more than usual

Vomiting

Feeling slowed down

Confusion

 

Sensitivity to light

Sensitivity to noise

Numbness/tingling

Sleeping less than usual

Difficulty with/slurred speech

Loss of consciousness

Feeling mentally foggy

 

Irritability

Difficulty concentrating

Unequal/dilated pupils

Sadness

Feeling more emotional

Amnesia

Trouble falling asleep

What to do next:

  • Your child should refrain from physical activity, including gym, recess, exertion activities, contact activities and contact sports until appropriately evaluated and cleared to resume.
  • Avoid taking NSAIDs including aspirin, Advil, and Aleve. Consult a specialist prior to taking any pain reliever. Rest tends to be most helpful for relieving headaches.
  • Avoid anything that worsens symptoms including TV, reading, texting, loud noise, bright lights, etc.
  • Avoid ‘pushing through’ symptoms; limit cognitive or ‘thinking’ activities and take breaks as needed to help manage symptom load.
  • Stay adequately hydrated.
  • Inform your primary care physician of the injury and schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional knowledgeable in concussion management.

Emergency Instructions:

Refer to an emergency room immediately with onset of any of the following signs/symptoms: weakness or numbness in arms/legs, decreased coordination, neck pain, repeated vomiting/nausea, pupil differences, ringing in ears, vision problems, slurring speech, seizures or convulsions, change in state of consciousness, increased confusion, unusual behavior, severe and/or worsening headache.

IBJI Concussion Specialists:

Dr. Andrew Hunt

847-247-4000
Grayslake, Libertyville)

 

Dr. Rhutav Parikh
847-336-3335
(Gurnee, Lake Forest, Lindenhurst)

 

Kelly Trainor APN, CPNP
773-327-5639
(Glenview, Highland Park, Logan Square, Morton Grove)

 

For your information, the IBJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.