What you need to know about concussions

Kids playing football

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Most students go back to school in less than a month, and student athletes start practice even earlier. It’s important for parents, teachers, and coaches to be educated about concussions. Dr. Matthew Axtman from Spectrum Health Medical Group says every state has a law that deals with concussions.

A concussion is a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to bounce around within the skull. A concussion can stretch or damage brain cells and keep the brain from working normally. Symptoms can last less than a day or linger for months or longer.

Symptoms of Concussion

  • Headache
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Trouble thinking normally
  • Memory problems
  • Trouble walking
  • Dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Changes in sleep patterns

To reduce risk of concussions, headgear should be properly fitted. Athletes should practice proper tackling technique and wear a mouth guard.

Spectrum Health Medical Group is holding an informational seminar about concussions. Learn about evaluation, signs and symptoms, treatment, and steps for recovery from concussions. The seminar is on Monday, August 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center. Register at shmg.org/events or call (616) 267-2626.

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