Concussions are serious stuff, and they can really mess up
your life if aren’t careful. So before you go jumpin’ into a rough game, know
the symptoms of a concussion, and be sure to take yourself outta the
competition if your head’s had a li’l too much fun for one day. Here’s a
breakdown of the symptoms and when they’ll start popping up, just so ya know.
After ya take a hit to the head, there are a few symptoms
that’ll show up immediately, but others may not arrive for days or weeks.
Sometimes, new symptoms are also brought on when you return to normal
activities too soon, because then your stress level increases. So be on the
lookout for a while after your injury, in case the signs are slow to appear.
Immediately after ya get hit, you’ll know there’s something
wrong if you pass out (even for a short time), have a headache that won’t quit,
feel weak or dizzy, have convulsions or seizures, are confused or disoriented,
have one pupil that’s larger than the other, throw up or feel nauseous, can’t
speak easily, or seem extra tired. Basically, any kind of behavior that’s
out-of-the-ordinary merits a trip to the ER or to visit your doc.
Over time, a concussion affects four important general
aspects of your bod. First, you can have emotional issues, like being unusually
grumpy, sad, nervous, or just plain emotional. Second, you may have physical
problems, like headaches, blurry vision, dizziness, trouble with your balance,
and light or noise sensitivity. Third, your sleep schedule will probably be
thrown off. You may sleep more or less than usual, and it’ll also be hard to
get to sleep. Finally, your brain is gonna be a li’l shaken, so you’ll find it
hard to think clearly, concentrate, remember stuff, and just go through life at
your normal pace.
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 7/10/2012 12:16:00 PM
POSTED IN sports, injury, advice, soccer, Aug/Sept 2012