A recent report published in the Journal of Pediatrics concluded that high school athletes who stayed on the field immediately after suffering a concussion took twice as long to recover as athletes who left the field immediately and did not return to action. The study tracked 69 athletes who reported to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program after suffering a blow to the head. The athletes came from a wide variety of sports and ranged from 12 years of age to 19 years. 35 of the athletes were immediately removed from the game after suffering their injury, while the other 34 stayed on the field. The study found that those who stayed in the match after head trauma took an average of 44 days to recover, while those who were immediately pulled from action took an average of 22 days to recover. A New York Times article written by Rachel Peachman elaborates on the findings of the study. Doctors believe that resting in the 24 to 48 hour period after suffering a concussion allows the brain cells to heal faster, thus allowing athletes to get back in action more quickly. Taking precautions immediately after an athlete suffers a concussion is imperative to their safety.
A wide variety of symptoms accompany concussions. Physical symptoms include nausea and vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, lack of energy, and sensitivity to noise and light. Emotionally, people with concussions can become easily upset or angered, sad, nervous, or more emotional in general. People with concussions may not be able to think clearly, not remember new information, or feel slowed down. Concussion victims may sleep more than usual, less than usual, or have a hard time falling asleep. If you suffered head trauma and are experiencing the above symptoms, you should seek medical advice from a doctor.
Concussions are serious, and obviously aren’t limited to just athletes. If you or a member of your family has sustained a concussion resulting from a fall or vehicle accident, compensation may be available. It is important that you speak with an experienced lawyer who can evaluate your case and file a claim on your behalf. Contact the personal injury law firm of Rosen Louik & Perry today for your FREE consultation.