VCSST_Concussion Management

Newsletter HAVE YOU EVER SUFFERED A CONCUSSION? What is a Concussion? The general definition of concussion means the act of forcefully shaking or jarring. A sports concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a shaking or jarring of the brain. A sports concussion can occur with a bump, blow or jolt to the head or the body which causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull or stretch which can result in a change in brain cell chemistry and structural injury from cell stretching. This damage can result in a variety of signs and symptoms depending on the portion of the brain involved during a sports concussion.

Are Concussions Serious? Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are not usually life threatening. However, concussions are a brain injury and can lead to serious long term consequences if not managed correctly by a qualified healthcare professional. What healthcare professionals manage and treat sports concussions? No single healthcare professional is able to fully manage a sports concussion due to the many different issues related to a concussion. Concussion management is truly a team effort to help a patient return to his or her prior level of function. Members of the concussion management teammay include a sports medicine physician, primary care physician, athletic trainer, teacher, school administrator, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, psychologist, neuropsychology, neurologist, radiologist, orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist, ear nose & throat physician and other healthcare professions. VCSST Concussion Newsletter What is a Concussion? • The general definition of concussion means the act of forcefully shaking or jarring. A sports concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused b a shaking or jarring of the brai . A sports concussion can ccur with a bump, blow or jolt to the head or the body which causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull or stretch which can result in a change in brain cell chemistry and structural injury from cell stretching. This damage can result in variety of signs and symptoms depending on the portion of the brain involved during a sports concussion. Are Concussions Serious? • Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are not usually life th eat ning. However, concussions are a brain injury and can lead to serious long term consequences if not managed correctly by a qualified healthcare professional. What are the typical signs and symptoms of concussion? VCSST Concussion Newsletter What is a Concussion? • The general definition of concussion means the act of forcefully shaking or jarring. A sports concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a shaking or jarring of the brain. A sports concussion can occur with a bump, blow or jolt to the head or the body which causes the brain to move within the skull. This movement causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull or stretch w ich can result in a change in brain cell chemistry and structural injury from cell stretching. This damage can result in variety of signs and symptoms depending on the portion of the brain involved during a sports concussion. Are Concussions Serious? • Sports concussions are described as a “mild” traumatic brain injury because concussions are not usually life threatening. However, concussions are a brain injury and can lead to serious long term consequences if not managed correctly by a qualified healthcare professional. What are the typic l signs and symptoms of concussion? How can I spot a possible concussion?

What are serious or danger signs that need immediate medical attention? What are serious or danger signs that need immediate medical attention? hat are serious or dan er sig s that n ed immediate medical attention?

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