HOW TO RESPOND TO SOMEONE WHO IS HAVING A SEIZURE If you’ve ever witnessed someone having a seizure, you know it can be somewhat alarming. Seizures can occur without warning, causing a person to exhibit unusual, even frightening behavior. Bystanders want to help, but like most sudden health emergencies, a seizure can leave you feeling confused and helpless. A seizure is a sudden burst of uncontrolled brain activity that may produce abnormal behavior, convulsions, or even loss of … [Read more...] about Seizures
Our children play a myriad of sports where physical contact is inevitable. Even with protective headgear, it is possible for head impact to result in concussion. Here are some head injury statistics for some more popular youth sports activities. Football Head Injuries Football is all about Friday night lights and cheering for our team. We can easily find concussion statistics on high school, collegiate and professional football, but more recently, the focus has been on younger players. Children … [Read more...] about Concussion and Head Injury in Youth Sports
For decades, the Brain Injury Association of America has raised consciousness in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public campaign each March. The current campaign we’re observing is “CHANGE YOUR MIND” (BIAA 2020). If we talk about the facts according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries accounted for nearly 2.2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths (CDC 2019). The CDC also … [Read more...] about National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
With football season in full-swing, concussions and head injuries are in the front of a lot of parents’ and coaches’ minds. With advances in protective gear along with increased awareness and legislation surrounding the need to remove injured athletes from play, athletes are being kept safer. But when should a parent worry? Will there be long-term consequences after a head injury? When is a CT scan necessary? How long will the athlete need to be removed from play? These questions will all be … [Read more...] about Concussion Treatment
We have all heard more and more about concussion in the news lately, especially regarding athletes. The term concussion protocols for athletes returning to play after a head injury has been particularly talked about. But athletes are not the only individuals who can suffer from concussions. What Is A Concussion? A concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury -MTBI, is a type of brain injury that is defined as a short loss of normal brain function after a head … [Read more...] about How Should You Treat A Concussion?