Concussion is a pathophysiological process that affects the brain as a result of a direct or indirect blow to the head. By definition, the symptoms of concussion seem to resolve spontaneously over the course of time and there appears to be limited structural damage to the brain.
In this video Dr Patricios explains concussion, and clarifies how it differs from losing consciousness. He emphasises why it is so important for parents to understand concussion, and its effects on children. He also outlines the main symptoms of concussion.
The aim of immediate management is to stabilize the head-injured player.Any player who has lost consciousness should be treated as a neck as well as a head injury and should be removed from the field with head and cervical spine immobilized.
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The sports physicians associated with Sports Concussion South Africa countrywide have experience in treating athletes from school to international level. In addition, each Sports Concussion Centre has an established network of consultant neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists and neuropsychologists.
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