Author: Courney Erickson-Adams, MD —
Did you know that one in five high school athletes will suffer from a concussion during their sports season? Or that high school athletes who have previously been diagnosed with a concussion are three times more likely to have it happen again in the same season? Or that 33 percent of concussions occur during practice?
Concussions may seem like isolated incidences, but they’re much more common than many people think. With National Youth Sports Week taking place July 15-21, there’s no better time to talk about the signs of a concussion and safe management after an injury occurs.
What is a concussion and how does it occur?
A concussion is caused by a bump or blow to the head and is categorized as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions may also occur during any type of incident that causes the head and brain to move back and forth quickly—such as a fall or sudden jolt to the body. They often take place during sports or other physical activities, but this is not always the case.
Dr. Courtney Erickson-Adams specializes in providing non-operative treatment options for sports-related and active lifestyle injuries, including concussions. She discusses more about concussions in the following video.