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Brain trauma and concussions in Newton athletes


For years, people in Newton associated a traumatic brain injury with an accident or incident that happened without warning. Recent attention has been paid to head injuries that might occur while people are participating in sports. A concussion is a form of brain trauma. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe. As greater focus has been placed on the safety of the athletes, people who might have been injured in this way realize that they might not have been properly diagnosed or treated after the injury leading to longer-term problems and perhaps even death.

A person who suffers a concussion might or might not lose consciousness. The brain function might be affected even if the anatomy of the brain itself wasn't. It is known as a mild traumatic brain injury. There are certain telltale signs that an athlete has suffered a concussion. These include a headache, feeling nauseous, vomiting, having issues with balance, feeling dizzy, being unable to fall asleep, sleeping too much, feeling more tired than usual, having a sensitivity to light and noise, feeling depressed, experiencing anxiety, excess emotionality, numbness, trouble communicating, issues concentrating and trouble with vision.

When an athlete has been hit in the head, the trainer or team doctor should perform various examinations to determine whether or not there has been an injury to the brain. Signals that there is a problem are a lack of memory and lack of orientation. An absence of orientation might include not remembering vital information or the incident that precipitated the blow to the head. It is not necessary to be knocked unconscious to have suffered a concussion. In years past, athletes were not checked adequately before re-entering the competition. Nowadays, safety is taken more seriously, but that doesn't eliminate the possibility of mistakes.

If an athlete goes back into competition and is hit in the head again, there is the chance that Second Impact Syndrome can occur. This can be fatal if the second head injury happens before the first one is completely healed. There are times when a doctor or medical professional cleared the athlete to return to action when it was not appropriate to do so. If this is the case, there could be the basis for a legal filing to recover compensation. Discussing the matter with a legal representative who is experienced with brain trauma cases can be beneficial to pursuing compensation.

Source: sportsmed.org, "Concussion In Athletics," accessed on May 18, 2015

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