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Turn to the Experts at Southcoast Health for Sports Concussions

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Southcoast Health offers a multidisciplinary team approach to help manage concussions from acute injury to post-concussion syndrome to rehabilitation. Our team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, a neuropsychologist, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and vestibular therapists.

The Southcoast Comprehensive Concussion Management Program sees patients as part of the Brain & Spine Center in Dartmouth, MA.

Our services for sports concussion include:

  • ImPACT testing
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Gradual return to athletics
  • Concussion education
  • Academic modifications
  • Vestibular Issues
  • Cervicogenic Issues

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (usually caused by a blow to the head) that changes the way your brain functions. It does not damage the actual structure of the brain, which is why a concussion cannot be seen on an MRI or CAT scan.

Concussions do, however, affect the way your brain processes information. It is this disruption in function that causes symptoms, such as:

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering new information
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Mood changes (such as sadness, irritability or anxiety)
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of memory of events that occurred before or after a concussion
  • Balance issues
  • Having a “dazed” look
  • Confusion
  • Slow to answer questions
  • Just not “feeling right”

How to Treat a Sports Concussion

While most concussions are not life-threatening, they are still a very serious injury that needs to be treated appropriately. Symptoms usually resolve quickly with just rest, but in some instances they can be long-term or even fatal.

If you think you or your child has suffered a concussion, they should be removed from activity immediately and not returned until you have consulted a health care professional. They should rest quietly and avoid things like loud music, texting, video games and computer usage.

Preventing Sports Concussions

While you can’t always prevent or expect a blow to the head or body, there are a few things you can do to help reduce the risk of concussion:

  • Do exercises that strengthen your neck
  • Wear equipment properly: While a helmet doesn’t prevent a concussion, an improperly fitted one may make you more prone to a concussion
  • Learn the proper techniques for sports like football or soccer, to avoid hitting your head or face
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you may have suffered a concussion

To learn more about preventing or treating sports concussions in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford and nearby, contact the Southcoast Brain & Spine Center. Patients will be seen by neuropsychologist, John Dorn, M.A., Psy.D., at the Brain & Spine Center.

Find the resources you need to treat a sports concussion in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island at Southcoast Health.