Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in this country. Not all of these are the result of playing football, of course, but football — in particular the NFL — has been the primary focus of concussion-related coverage. These numbers refer to sports related concussions so it does not even include other accidents that occur.

It is important to know when experiencing any head trauma, when it is time to “sit it out”. In order to avoid further damage or injury you need to know when it is best to NOT go back into the game and to rest after a head  trauma occurs. This not only pertains to sports but also things like car wrecks and other brain injury accidents. There are a few helpful symptoms to know about that can help you realize if it is time to sit it out!

Symptoms of a concussion/ head trauma:

  • Appearing dazed
  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Slurred speech
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Delayed response to questions

If you experience a concussion or brain injury and have prolonged symptoms, it is best to see a doctor. Make an appointment with Dr. David Stickler of Neurology Specialists of Charleston to make sure there is no further damage. (843)410.0924