March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Blog by Annie Pixley

March 4, 2011

A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and Lash and Associates has an ongoing commitment to create awareness about sports and concussions. 

A concussion is a brain injury, period!  Coaches and trainers of every school athletic team and every extracurricular athletic activity should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of brain injury, including concussions.  Players should be educated about recognizing the signs of concussions as well.  This education is really a team effort and we’re doing our best to get the information out there!  We have the materials and products to keep everyone well informed.

A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.  A lack of proper diagnosis and management of concussion may result in serious long-term consequences, like risk of coma or death. Signs and symptoms may be noticeable immediately and sometimes do not show up for days or weeks.

Some Initial Warning Signs Are:

  • Appears dazed
  • Is confused
  • Forgets plays
  • Loses balance
  • Moves awkwardly              
  • Cannot recall events prior to being hit/jolted

Young athletes who have sustained a concussion should know the guidelines about returning to play and have written authorization by a doctor before being allowed to get back into the game.

To learn more about sports concussions, go to http://www.lapublishing.com/sports-concussions/.  

Get the facts and play safe!

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