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The First Few Days
- Pain on the outer side of the thigh, occasionally extending to the outer side of the knee
- A burning sensation, tingling, or numbness in the same area
- Occasionally, aching in the groin area or pain spreading across the buttocks
- Usually only on one side of the body
- Usually more sensitive to light touch than to firm pressure
Talk to your physician and teacher/coach about school expectations and a safe return to play protocol.
It’s important to get back to doing your normal activities slowly. Start by doing paced activity. As you begin to feel ok do a little more. Be sure to rest and give yourself extra time as you start to feel better.
If symptoms return or new ones arise as you become more active, this may be a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard.
Eating regular meals and snacks can help improve your mood, sleep and mental focus.
Stay away from stimulants (coffee, caffeine, soda and energy drinks) and depressants (alcohol, sedatives) as they can add stress to the brain.
Keep a regular schedule. Talk to your physician if you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep
Try doing activities that help you relax and feel calm. Stress, emotional distress and worry can make symptoms feel worse and prevent you from doing things that will help you get better.
Talk about worries with your physician, family member or friend. Talking and letting others know how they can help tends to help you feel better.
Unless Your Physician Says Otherwise
Sports concussion has become a significant problem. In recent years, it has made headlines with reports about the consequences of returning to play too soon, as well as research findings into the long-term effects of the injury.
Recognizing concussion and providing proper treatment is especially important for younger athletes because it typically takes them longer than adults to fully recover.
In addition, coaches, parents, and school administrators must be aware that concussion causes a wide range of symptoms and can interfere not only with sports participation, but with school and social relationships. Most athletes will fully recover from concussion, and understanding the varied symptoms can help with the healing process.
Although some sports have higher instances of concussion – such as football, ice hockey, and soccer – concussions can happen in any sport or recreational activity.
Because of the potential long-term consequences of sports concussion, it is important that athletes, coaches, and parents know as much as possible about how to recognize them.
Symptoms are not always obvious. Although it is commonly assumed that concussions cause loss of consciousness, many people with concussions have not been “knocked out.”
Concussion causes a variety of symptoms. These may appear right away, or may be delayed for several days after the injury. Some symptoms are physical, such as drowsiness. Others are cognitive, like memory loss. In many cases, people with concussions are more emotional than usual.
The most common symptoms of concussion include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Balance problems, dizziness
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in sleep patterns
If you suffer a repeat concussion before your first concussion has healed, it may take much longer for your symptoms to resolve and you may have long-term problems, such as learning difficulties or chronic headaches. Although it rarely happens, repeat concussion can cause permanent brain damage and even death.