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Beyond Concussion: Return to School and Play

The case of the high school Volleyball Concussion

“Thank you for seeing M last week! She is feeling much better and was cleared from her concussion on Friday! Thanks so much for your help.”

On a recent Tuesday evening a high school volleyball player took a powerful bump to her head from a ball during pre-game warm-ups. As the national anthem played she began feeling worse and worse. Something was wrong. The athletic trainer checked for concussion and advised her to stay home the next day. Read more

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Beyond Concussion: Head Injuries at Birth

The unexpected head injury — birth

As we explore head injuries this month it is easy to overlook events from our very entry into this world.

There are so many ways that a baby’s head gets stressed at birth. Yes, there is supposed to be lots of stress at birth. However, in a number of birth scenarios there is an inordinate level of stress. Some of the birth scenarios include when the head positioning is oriented wrong, baby is breech or sunnyside-up, has torticolis or has a wrapped umbilical cord. Read more

Falling can be an issue for older adults.

Beyond Concussion: I Keep Falling. Why?

“I’m 75 and trying to stay active. I keep falling and no one can figure out why. I don’t want to use this walker but I’m afraid to be moving around without it.”

Falling, a post-concussion issue?

Head injuries don’t just happen to children and athletes. Falls amongst older adults are a leading cause of head injuries. (Statistics are below.) Read more

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Beyond Concussion: What If It’s Just a Head Injury?

“My daughter fell on the playground at school. The ER says there is no concussion. She took a pretty good hit in the face. Should we come in?”

Each year, nearly 200,000 children, ages 14 and under, require emergency room treatment due to playground falls. Read more

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Beyond Concussion: Cleared But Still Struggling

The call came three months after the injury. “My daughter is still having headaches. She also says that her vision is blurry sometimes. We saw the neurologist and she was cleared.”

Fall is a time for lots of outdoor activity. Coupled with slippery rain and leaves the season is ripe with the conditions for the most common causes of head injuries — sports trauma and falling. Read more