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How to Manage a Sports Related Concussion

May 26, 2014
What is a concussion? A concussion is a mild brain injury that causes a change in mental status that can occur with direct insult to the head. A concussion may also occur with movement of the body that cause acceleration/deceleration forces to the head.   What are the symptoms of a concussion? Headache Dizziness Loss of consciousness Amnesia Difficulty concentrating Confusion Nausea and/or vomiting Difficulty balancing Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to noise Ringing in the ears Drowsiness Irritability Sadness When should I seek medical attention for a concussion? A healthcare provider should evaluate every child or adolescent suspected of a concussion.  If this occurs during a sporting even...

Three summer safety tips

June 07, 2013
Summer is a wonderful time of year to be active outdoors. Sunny days provide so many fun activities for children to get exercise and stay healthy. While enjoying the warm weather, it’s important to be aware of potential injuries and take the necessary precautions to keep kids safe. Here are three summer safety tips to keep in mind: Helmets Kids should always wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, scooter or in-line skates. Helmets can prevent traumatic brain injury and save lives!  A child should wear a helmet on short or long rides (no one can ever predict when an injury may occur). Make sure the helmet meets safety standards and fits appropriately.  The helmet should be worn level on the head, covering the forehead.  The strap should be tightened enough to allow only two fingers between the chin and strap.  As a parent, make sure to be a good role model for your child and wear a helmet. Open Windows<...


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