Sports Concussion Program
A sports concussion is a medical condition that should be taken seriously. This condition most often results from hitting your head on the ground or on a hard object or hitting another player while playing a contact sport. People who experience a concussion often have symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, vomiting, or nausea. Plus, they may have side-effects that affect their behavior, sensations, or brain function.
There are two important points to stress about sports concussions:
- This condition is far more serious than just bumping your head. New research has shown that there may be serious behavioral, physical, and cognitive changes in the future for those who have had multiple concussions, referred to as post-concussive syndrome.
- You should not return to playing the sport the same day as your suspected concussion. This is especially true for children under the age of 19. There could be serious side-effects, sometimes fatal, if an athlete who has had a concussion ends up playing with symptoms and then has a second concussion. The brain may literally shut down. An athlete should not return to play if they are still have symptoms after hitting their head, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. For more information, check out our flyer, Facts about Concussion and Brain Injury (PDF).
For these reasons, a Sports Concussion Program was created at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to help assess and manage athletes who have a suspected concussion.
Ben and his mom, Becky, describe their experience with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Sports Concussion Program. They discuss what it was like to be tested, his results, and the hard decisions parents have to make to keep their kids' futures safe.
Watch Ben's story
Dr. William Storo, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord Pediatrician and Concussion Specialist is a Credentialed ImPACT Consultant.
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