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Sep 02

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Know the Signs of a Concussion!

cdc-ConcussionEDUCATION is the key to early diagnosis and treatment when concussions occur on a soccer field.

What is a Concussion? “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that
causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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– Concussions may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body with an “impulsive” force transmitted to the head.
– Concussions typically result in the rapid onset of short-lived impairment of neurological function that resolves spontaneously.
– Concussions may result in neuropathological changes, but the acute clinical symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than structural injury.
– Concussions result in a graded set of clinical syndromes that may or may not involve loss of consciousness. Resolution of the clinical and cognitive symptoms typically follows a sequential course.
– Concussions are typically associated with grossly normal structural neuroimaging studies.

Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. It is important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

To learn more about Concussions and the signs, please review the US Soccer and CDC “HEAD’S UP” initiative

See our past Posts on Concussion:

– Know about the signs of Concussion

– Concussion in Youth Sports initiative

 

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