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Athletes, be wary of concussions
Football season officially has begun; meaning the possibility for athletic injuries is high. Being a competitive player can be fun; however, recognizing the signs and symptoms of a severe sports injury such as a concussion is very important. Symptoms include headache, confusion, slow thought process, vision changes and nausea. Some results of a concussion are permanent and a patient may not be able to return to the same level of competence. Those who suffer from second impact syndrome, a second head injury after a concussion, could show signs of additional brain swelling. This type of condition is extremely dangerous and could lead to death if not treated properly. If you or someone you know has suffered from a concussion, we recommend seeing a medical professional as soon as possible. Each individual is different, but most patients are expected to rest for at least one week before returning to their sport. If they continue to have severe symptoms, they should return to their health care provider for continued treatment.
Information is provided by St. Anthony Hospital's Dr. Bobby Rader. For more information or to find a physician, call Saints Physician Referral at 231-8866 or go to www.saintsok.com.