CLICK ON VIDEO TO HEAR FROM HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE JOHN EDWARDS WHO HAS HAD MORE THAN ONE CONCUSSION & A NEUROLOGIST WHO TREATS YOUNG ATHLETES AND PROS.
A BLOW TO THE HEAD… WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Dr. Jennifer Werely, of New England Institute for Neurology & Headache in Stamford, says right away it’s important to assess if the person who has taken a blow to the head is awake, conscious and responsive. She is also anxious to know if the impact caused neck pain or another issue, if the player is experiencing vision issues like double vision, weakness, and/or difficulty talking.
She says if those symptoms are obvious, or even subtly present, don’t put the athlete back in the game.
Our next questions for Dr. Werely will get into…
Do athletes sometimes fake that they’re fine amid a concussion?
How long should a player with a concussion cocoon to help with brain healing?
Do you have questions for the doc? If so, share them here and we’ll get you an answer in your next Brain News Brief at NEINH.com.
Emmy-winning reporter Gillian Neff has been covering health topics for 16 years. She is currently a freelance reporter and anchor at News 12 Connecticut and also pursues her passion for medical news through Gillian Neff Health Reports’ blogs and videos.