Sports Medicine: Conditions

Sports Medicine: Conditions

Head Injuries

If you engage in sport, you run the risk of suffering a head injury. A stray ball, a helmet-to-helmet collision, an awkward fall, and countless other scenarios often result in the head sustaining an injury such as concussion.

Emory Sports Medicine provides treatment for all head injuries, with a specialization in sports concussions. We are the first Atlanta sports medicine team providing Computerized Neuropsychological Testing (CNT) for athletic programs – the same concussion treatment plan that is used by professional teams in the NFL and NHL. CNT allows athletes to be tested before the season. If they suffer head trauma while engaged in their sport, an accurate report on their neuropsychological status can be determined.

Sports Concussions

Concussions are caused by trauma to the head, and can result in alterations in mental status. About 10 percent of concussion victims suffer loss of consciousness.

Concussion symptoms range from a headache and blurred vision to nausea and personality changes. More than 300,000 sports-related concussions occur each year. Recent estimates claim that 10 percent of all high school kids who engage in contact sports will sustain a concussion each year. Almost two-thirds of those concussions occur in football.

You should call your doctor immediately if you have the following concussion symptoms or signs:

  • Stiff neck
  • Difficulty walking, speaking or using your arms
  • Severe headache
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Confusion that gets worse
  • Convulsions
  • Unusual sleepiness

What happens if I have suffered a concussion and I do not seek help?

You could suffer a fatal event called "second impact syndrome." This occurs when a second blow to the head, even a minor one, makes your body lose control of blood flow to the brain. More commonly, returning to a sport too soon will put you at increased risk to suffer another or more concussions. Research has shown that multiple concussions have a cumulative effect and can cause permanent problems with memory, processing new information, and even your personality.

Is there any way to prevent concussions?

If you are involved in a contact sport or one in which you might suffer head trauma, wearing a helmet is imperative. Computerized Neuropsychological Testing can also play an important ole in the prevention of sports-related concussions.

Concussion Treatment

If you or someone you know has suffered a sports-related concussion, please contact us at 404-778-3350 for a concussion symptoms test, evaluation and comprehensive treatment plan by one of our sports concussion specialists.

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