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Youth Sports and Concussions

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Posted 10/13/2014

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Medical experts are urging everyone involved with sports to understand the risk of head injury and how best to react.

Some of the symptoms include:

• Loss of consciousness

• Amnesia or trouble with short term memory.

• Change in personality; being more irritable or emotional

• Headache

• Dizziness

A player should not return to normal sports activities until all symptoms have cleared. Returning too soon could lead to more concussions and greater damage to the brain.

"It can happen again, and a person really is at risk of permanent injury," Dr. Peter Lennarson cautions. "It's not a matter of saying 'shake it off and get back out there.' These injuries are real, and there really are things we can do to help people recover."

Sometimes symptoms of a concussion may not appear until hours or days later. Other symptoms that may signal the need for medical attention include:

• Difficulty waking up

• Continuing nausea and vomiting

• Sensitivity to light and noise

Dr. Lennarson suggests anyone with concerns about a child's head trauma should seek medical attention.

For more information, visit http://www.nebraskamed.com or call 1-800-922-0000.