January 2018: Concussion Awareness

Concussion Awareness

Welcome to January Albright Community! The winter weather is here and we would like to take the time to talk about the dangers of slipping on ice. It is all too common for an individual to be walking, slip on ice, and hit their head during their fall. If this ever happens to you or someone you know, you must be aware of the symptoms of a concussion. Although some head injuries are easy to identify (if there is a presence of blood), some are not as noticeable if you do not know what to look for. According to the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center, a concussion is “a type of brain injury – also called a traumatic brain injury – that occurs as a results of an impact to the head or body” (Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center.).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) separates the symptoms into four categories including thinking/remembering, physical, emotional/mood and sleep.

Symptoms include (Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion):

Thinking/remembering – difficulty thinking clearly, unable to concentrate, and unable to remember new information.

Physical – headache, blurred vision, dizziness, and inability to maintain balance.

Emotional/mood – irritability, sadness, and stronger expression of emotion.

Sleep – sleeping more or less than usual and unable to fall asleep.

Another important aspect to know about concussions is when to seek immediate medical attention. If the individual is experiencing drowsiness where they are unable to stay awake, has a difference in their pupil size, cannot recognize people, experiences seizures, or loses consciousness, they should be taken to the emergency room (Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion).

Most people are able to recovery quickly from concussions through rest, including both physical and cognitive. If an individual does not allow their body to get the proper amount of rest they could slow down their recovery, which can result in experiencing symptoms for several  weeks (Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion).

So, as we continue the joy of winter, remember to always be on the lookout for ice. Protect yourself from falls and any further injuries that could stem from them. Always be aware of the symptoms of a concussion in order to protect yourself and others around you.

If you believe you have suffered a concussion or if you have questions regarding a concussion, please call the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532.

                                                                                                            ~Jessica Fink ‘18

References

Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion. (2017, March 22). Retrieved December 01, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/symptoms.html

Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center. For Parents & Athletes. Retrieved December 01, 2017, from https://jeffersonconcussion.com/education-resources/for-parents-athletes?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Concussion – Understanding&utm_term=%2Bsigns %2Bconcussion&utm_content=Signs