March is a great month for thinking about health as we move from a very intense winter to the upcoming spring. March is also brain health awareness month. The Centers for Disease Control right here in Atlanta, have set aside the month for this important topic.
They want the public to focus on many aspects of brain health. From high school coaches to parents to teen athletes, the CDC wants all of us to be better educated about brain injuries. One of the major areas of focus for this campaign are concussions. This subject has been in the news quite often in the past several years as experts have learned more and more about the effect of concussions, particularly cumulatively. There has also been more and more research in this field and many NFL players have come forward to share their experiences with cumulative concussions and how that impacts life after sports.
Most parents know that concussion can happen even when a child or teen gets a relatively minor bump to the head. The symptoms of concussion can take quite a while to show up, which makes it all the more important to pay attention to our kids when they complain of any symptoms. These can include: dizziness, headache and nausea just to name a few. There are many more symptoms about which parents should become aware which include differences between the size of the eye pupils, confusion or loss of consciousness. A more complete list of symptoms is found at the CDC Heads Up website, which is a great resource.
As a part of this program, the CDC also has many resources for school coaches. Coaches are not only encouraged to talk with parents of student athletes and others about concussion, they are also encouraged to create action plans to hopefully prevent and anticipate the potentially devastating effects of concussion. The phrase “when in doubt, sit them out” is intended to remind coaches of the very well-documented dangers of allowing kids or teens with concussions to go back into the field of play before they are ready to do so. Coaches are urged to seek medical attention for their athletes so that they can be cleared to return safely to athletic activity and to make sure that they are not relying on their own assessment of the extent of the injury. Brain injuries — even those that are fairly common, like concussion — require the support and guidance of medical expertise.
One of the great suggestions made in the CDC program is that athletes should get a baseline examination of brain function before starting their season. This enables them to determine whether that function has been compromised after a sports injury.
As we at Scholle Law know from years of representing injured victims, concussions or other brain traumas are serious injuries that can have an equally serious and profound impact on a person’s life and that of their family. Concussions can occur in sports activities or after a car accident. They can happen in a truck crash or just a simple rear-end collision. The key is recognizing the injury and getting help and support. That is what we do every day at Scholle Law — we help people put their lives back together after serious accident and injury. Please contact us at any time for free consultation regarding your accident or injury.