According to neurology specialists, two of the most common injuries among athletes, especially football and baseball players, are contusions and concussions.
The professionals at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Anaheim clinic near Fullerton, Placentia, Villa Park, Buena Park, Cypress, Cerritos, and Garden Grove, treat both of these injuries.
When you experience a sudden hit, you should handle the possible contusion in three ways:
- Watch your bruises closely, especially when there are changes in their appearances.
- Apply the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method.
- Watch for signs of blood clots including warmth, swelling, redness and pain. Blood clots can result in weakness, loss of sensation, and even paralysis in the affected limb.
Listen to your body’s signals. If you are concerned that a contusion merits medical attention, then it probably does, so it’s best to consult a medical professional at Healthpointe.
Concussions can be a serious matter since the brain is involved. Fortunately, the risks for concussion can be reduced by following these tips:
- Wear a helmet and protective gear, which should be in good condition, cover the entire skull, and fit well. Replace your gear on a yearly basis.
- If you have a specific position, set your place, which will reduce the risks for sustaining a blow to your head.
- Be alert at all times while you are in the game.
But when you are hit, don’t take it lightly. A concussion is a bruise on your brain that can cause physiological changes in the organ.
- Report the blow to your head to medical professionals so that appropriate measures can be made.
- Be aware of your symptoms, which can be different from the symptoms experienced by other athletes who have been hit in the head by a ball or bat.
- You don’t have to lose consciousness for a concussion to happen.
- Your head may be hit with a light blow but a concussion is still possible.
- Your symptoms will not appear immediately after the blow.
Keep safe out there!
Come visit any of our clinics, such as the Colton clinic near Rialto, Bloomington, San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Highgrove, and Grand Terrace, when you experience injuries as an athlete.
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