is a serious injury
Quick pop quiz: If I bang my head in the middle of a game, I should:
a Finish the game, then see how I feel.
b Go home, go to bed and see how I feel in the morning.
c Stop playing and get evaluated immediately.
d Not worry about it unless I black out.
If you said (c), you’re correct. For any suspected concussion, you should consult a physician for an evaluation as soon as possible.
Symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Balance or coordination problems
- Problems concentrating
- Memory problems
A Novant Health sports medicine or primary care physician can make an expert evaluation and suggest a recovery plan to reduce the impact of your injury and prevent additional damage. Concussions can have serious effects on your future health, such as brain swelling, epilepsy and problems with memory and cognitive ability.
The primary care sports medicine physicians of Novant Health have advanced training in treating concussions and minimizing the risk of more serious complications. We use a cognitive test called ImPACT™ and vestibular balance testing to measure the effects of a concussion and determine when it is safe for you to return to play. Many of our locations also use leading-edge fMRI brain-mapping technology to evaluate neurological deficits.
Planning ahead - the importance of baseline testing - The best way for your doctor to evaluate the effect of a possible concussion is to complete a “baseline” ImPACT test before your season begins. This simple test is used to compare your performance and symptoms after a concussion to your baseline (pre-concussion) level. The information collected is then used to assess your injury by comparing your score before sustaining a concussion to the score after a concussion may have occurred.
The Novant Health sports medicine physicians store your baseline results in a secure database, which facilitates a more thorough evaluation of your injury and helps safely monitor your ability to return to play.
You do not have to be an athlete to suffer a concussion. If you or a family member suspects you have a concussion, get evaluated immediately. Visit one of our primary care physicians, urgent care centers or medical center emergency departments for an expert evaluation and recovery plan to reduce the impact of your injury and prevent additional damage.