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Sports are in Full Swing, What Does This Mean for Concussions?

As sports are picking up around schools across the country, concussion protocols need to be maintained.Dr. Murphy from Carle McLean County OrthopedicsSports Medicine educates listeners on what to look for and how to treat a concussion. He iterates how a concussion is essentially your brain getting knocked around inside the skull. How can we keep athletes safe?

Concussions are not only caused by contact sports but they can also be caused by whiplash or if the neck gets snapped. High-risk concussion situations are when there is any risk of collisions or falling. An experienced physician can rule out if it is a concussion or something more serious. Many people think sleeping is not safe if you have a concussion, when in fact it is encouraged to rest after one is concussed. If an injury is more serious than a concussion, then sleep may not be advised, as your side effects may need to be monitored.

Symptoms of concussion include headaches, dizziness, nausea, lights and sounds. Another symptom is if the patient has depression or ADHD and it intensifies, that can be a sign of a concussion. If it is ruled you have a concussion, it is important to rest your brain. You should not stress your brain, but you should also not sit in a dark room, as studies show that it can slow down the healing process. Dr. Murphy recommends putting on sunglasses and going on a light walk. Active rest is important for the brain.

If you think you or a loved one may have a concussion especially as fall sports are in full swing, call Carle McLean County Orthopedics Sports Medicine clinic at (309)608-5100. Another way to get more information is by going here. Listen to Dr. Murphy's full interview with WJBC below! 

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