LoveYourBrain Tip: Sports

SPORTS

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BRAIN HEALTH | 8.27.2018 | BY ABBIE ELDRIDGE, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

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As another school year begins, so do fall sports and activities. While exercise is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle that supports physical and emotional wellbeing, many sports carry with them risks of injury, particularly for TBI, which includes concussion.

This week, we share this tip as reminder of the importance of awareness in preventing and addressing sports related brain injury. Below, is a list of key points to consider. Please know, this list does not include all information, but does shine light on promoting a brain-first mentality and balancing caution with physical activity.

Prevention and Culture:

  • Wear correct and well-fitting headgear. Though helmets are not able to prevent concussion, proper equipment can play an important role in preventing more severe brain injury.
  • Create and nurture a safety culture. Players, coaches and officials should be well-educated on safety rules, such as legal contact, avoiding head to head contact and having a zero tolerance rule for attempts to injure.
  • Educate players, parents and coaches on signs of injury and enforce best practices on the field.
  • Promote a culture of awareness and prioritizing health over return to play.

Know the signs of brain injury/concussion (this are just some of the symptoms one may experience)

  • Physical: Loss of consciousness (does not always occur), headache, nausea, dizziness
  • Cognitive: Confusion, delayed responses, easily fatigued,
  • Emotional: Irritability, crying

Symptoms may be subtle, may show up immediately or may surface within days of injury. Seek medical attention, make medical professionals aware of all symptoms experienced, and continue to follow symptoms carefully to meet your needs.