UI Sports Medicine is offering an evening concussion clinic every Monday night from 4 – 6 p.m. As doctors and researchers find out more about the effects of concussions on the brain, the more important it has become to identify and treat concussions earlier. Iowa’s new youth sports concussion safety law also dictates that an athlete who shows signs or symptoms of a concussion cannot return to play until they have received written clearance from a licensed health care provider with training in the evaluation and management of concussions.
If you are concerned someone has sustained a concussion, check to see if the player:
- Appears dazed or stunned or moves clumsily
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets instructions
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
Other symptoms reported by those who have sustained a concussion include:
- Headache or "pressure" in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems or confusion
- Just not "feeling right" or "feeling down"
In any instance, it is always safest to have someone evaluated by a trained medical professional. To schedule an appointment at UI Sports Medicine, call 319-384-7070.