It’s been all over the news lately, the long term effects of concussions. Athletes are coming forward at an alarming rate and revealing the long term permanent damage they are suffering as a result of being hit in the head.
Did you know that even a minimal hit to the head, without loss of consciousness, can be just as serious and lead to life changing permanent damage? Dr. Kort has been witnessing those effects first hand and is currently treating young athletes, collegiate athletes, and several former NFL players who are struggling with post-concussive syndrome.
There are two critical elements to consider when discussing concussions. The first step is to ensure that your athlete has an effective, quantitative baseline assessment. It is imperative to know exactly where the athlete is prior to an injury. Second, if the athlete is concussed, you need to know exactly what steps to take to avoid further damage. Allow the brain to rest and heal and work with a knowledgeable professional that can create an individualized treatment plan to get you back in the game.
No one wants to be sidelined from a game because of a concussion. However, the most important thing is that a concussed athlete safely recovers and preserves their long term health so they are not sidelined from a productive, happy life.