Sports Concussions

Rothman Institute is a clinical partner in the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center, in the Navy Yard.  Visit this link for more information.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a force to the head, or direct force to the face, neck, or chest that is transmitted to the head. This force can be linear, rotational, or angular or a combination of the three.  These forces cause many chemical changes within the cell which alter thinking and behavior and make the brain more vulnerable to a second impact.


Signs and Symptoms

Cognitive

  • Fogginess
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Changes in concentration and attention
  • Disturbances in thinking, understanding, learning or remembering


Physical

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness 
  • Amnesia

Emotional

  • Sadness
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Changes in emotion


Sleep Disturbances

  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Fatigue


Patients suffering from a concussion may exhibit symptoms from one or more of these categories. If you suspect you or a loved one has sustained a concussion, it is important not to take any risks. Contact the Rothman Institute and request a sports-concussion evaluation with one of our specially trained doctors. 

 

 

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