Sports Medicine

Concussion Program: Critical care for head injuries

If you play a sport, a concussion is a very real possibility. You can get a concussion from an accidental blow to the head, a fall, or through normal play—by head-butting the ball in soccer or volleyball, for example. If you are not sure if your head injury is serious, look for these symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Upset stomach and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Memory lapses and other issues with concentration or thought
  • Difficulty remembering new information

Concussions in sports have been much in the news recently, and many parents, coaches, and athletes are looking for ways to avoid long-term damage from a blow to the head.

  • Balance Error Scoring System to see how well you can keep your balance
  • Balance testing using the portable BioSway balance system
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see damage that can't be seen using x-rays
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), a special kind of imaging used during an MRI to detect bleeding and other tissue damage
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to see microscopic details in your brain tissue

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