Heads Up, Parents: Watch Out For Concussions!

Football-Concussion-ConcernsA new school year means it’s time for football season to start. As a parent, you are your player’s biggest cheerleader, on and off the field. While you support and cheer you should also watch out for concussions. It is estimated that 300,000 high school athletes experience a concussion each year. While you might think that an overwhelming amount of these concussions occur during the player’s games, a new study shows otherwise.

This study found that for youth, high school, and collegiate football players, a majority of concussions happened during practices. Practice tends to have more people playing, more player-to-player contact, and more opportunities for potential injuries. Implementing safer practice strategies that focus on limiting player-to-player contact and other potential injuries can help reduce the risks that football players face.

Another way to reduce the negative effects of sports concussions is to watch for warning signs and ensure players seek treatment early if they do sustain a concussion while playing. Beware: warning signs are not always what you think!

“Loss of consciousness does not have to occur to have a concussion,” says Dr. Brian Aldred, medical director of Five Star ER in Round Rock. “Actually, it only occurs in about 10 percent of concussions.”

Talking to your child and making sure they understand the dangers of a concussion, and when to report it, is also important! According to one survey, 75% of high school athletes said they would continue playing with an injury to win a game. Additionally, studies show that athletes may not even report a concussion or injury for fear of missing a game or letting down their teammates.

Help keep players safe on and off the field by knowing how to spot a concussion. Warning signs of a potential concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or seeing stars
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nasuea
  • Vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Delayed response to questions

If you think your athlete is suffering from a concussion, it is critical to seek medical attention. Five Star ER will get you in and out, and feeling better fast, because your emergency matters to us!

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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