High school athletes are the most likely candidates to experience a concussion, says Carlin Senter, MD, in a recent UCSF Magazine interview. Senter, who leads the concussion program at UCSF, describes a concussion as an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head, neck, or body. Here’s more on the subject from this renowned sports medicine doctor:
- Among high school athletes, football players are the most likely to experience a concussion among boys. Soccer players are the most likely among girls.
- MRIs and blood tests can’t diagnose a concussion. Physicians base their diagnoses on symptoms such as headache, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, depression, or anxiety experienced immediately following or within 48 hours of the blow.
- A week or two off of physical activity, as well as a break from loud, crowded environments, video games, computer use, and alcohol consumption is the recommended treatment following a concussion. Recovery can typically be expected in 1 to 3 weeks.
- Being physically active through sports has many benefits. Lower-risk sports like basketball and softball can replace higher-risk sports among those with a pattern of head injuries.
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