Important information About Sports And Concussions

Redwood City CA Concussion Doctor Shares Important information About Sports And Concussions

Do you associate concussions with people tripping and falling, then hitting their head on a hard tile floor or cement sidewalk? That is certainly one way to get a concussion, but there are also other ways to do so. For instance, playing sports can increase a person’s chance of getting a concussion. This is because you can fall while running and playing your favorite sport, such as soccer. You could be running down the field in an attempt to score a goal, and lose your footing. Whether you just do a few somersaults or whether you hit your head on the ground, you can get a concussion either way.

You can also fall while riding sporting equipment such as a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or roller skates, or riding an animal such as a horse. Even though these sporting activities aren’t considered contact sports, they still necessitate safety equipment to prevent very serious injuries to the head, neck and spine. A fall to the hard ground or concrete while on wheels or a tall horse can injure you quite badly. Do your part to protect your brain and body by wearing helmets and other protective gear such as elbow and knee pads.

While playing sports you can collide with people and experience a concussion. You might run into your own teammates or even members of the opposing team. In sports such as football, basketball and soccer, where the referees run up and down the field and court with the players, you may even collide with them, too. When you collide with another person, you may be focused on whichever body part connected with theirs. Did you hit your knee against theirs as you took a tumble on the soccer field? Did you get struck by a taller player’s elbow during the basketball game? Or did your entire body get hit by another player’s body, very hard, during that football game? Tackles and collisions are quite common in football which is why football players wear lots of protective padding and sturdy helmets with face masks.

Unfortunately, despite the level of safety gear that football players wear, they are not immune to getting a concussion. Football players regularly strike one another with such a level of jarring force that the brain can be injured by hitting the interior of the skull. The skull is like a strong, bony helmet and protects the delicate brain from a lot of injury, but unfortunately it is not perfect. Unlike a helmet, it is not padded on the inside. So if the head is jerked around with enough force through a fall or a collision, it can sort of “slingshot” the brain into the skull; the very thing that is supposed to (and usually does) protect it.

While playing sports, you might also be struck by a ball, puck, stick, bat, racquet or another piece of sporting equipment and receive a concussion. This is not supposed to scare you away from participating in your favorite sports. If you are aware of the risks, you can try to prevent concussion through the use of safety equipment, as well as become aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion in case one occurs. Don’t know the signs of concussion? Call your healthcare professional for an appointment to get answers to your questions today.

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