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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or any activity that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. This injury can alter the way your brain functions.

 

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Because most concussions do not cause a loss of consciousness, many people do not realize they have a concussion. That’s why a medical exam is so important.

Symptoms of a concussion fit into four main categories:

 

Thinking/
Remembering

Difficulty thinking clearly

Feeling slowed down

Difficulty concentrating

Difficulty remembering new information

Physical

 

Headache

Fuzzy or blurry vision

Nausea or vomiting
(early on)

Dizziness

Sensitivity to noise or light

Balance problems

Feeling tired, having no energy

Emotional/
Mood

Irritability

Sadness

More emotional

Nervousness or anxiety

 

 

 

 

Sleep

 

Sleeping more than usual

Sleep less than usual

Trouble falling asleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html

 

What should an athlete do if showing symptoms of a concussion?

Complete rest is imperative to recover from a concussion. “Complete” rest means resting the brain from all activity. This includes:

• Avoiding physical activities (sports-related or recreational)
• Limiting reading or complicated homework
• Limiting viewing of anything with a screen including television, smart phones, computers, video games, etc.
• Avoiding loud music, loud noises and bright lights
• Avoiding driving

While we realize that refraining from texting, TV and video games may be challenging, please remember that complete rest and a slow, steady approach can help reduce lost time from school, sports and social activities.

If we perform a baseline test before a head injury occurs, you receive priority status when scheduling a post-concussion appointment. Call 59-BRAIN or 210-592-7246 to schedule your baseline testing appointment today.

 

What happens if an athlete plays again before complete recovery?

Playing before the first concussion has resolved increases the risk for another concussion. If a second concussion occurs, prolonged symptoms and a delayed Return-to-Play status become more likely. Complications of long-term problems such as learning difficulties or chronic headaches may develop.

Though rare, repeat concussions can cause permanent brain damage and even death.

 

Why should an athlete get a baseline?

A baseline test establishes the standard that is normal profile for an individual’s brain. This “brain fingerprint” is unique to every person and distinctive to him or her.

This important information helps determine when and if an athlete is ready to resume regular activities, including athletics.

 

How much does it cost?

The Brain Heroes baseline testing is $49.99 per athlete. Group discounts are also available.

 

Is a baseline test covered by insurance?

No, the baseline test is not covered by insurance.

 

Can I receive group or team discounts?

Yes. Let us know the number of athletes to be tested, and we’ll give you discount and payment information when you call us at 59-BRAIN or 210-592-7246.

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