What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an injury to the brain that affects its normal function. You can get a concussion from a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move within the skull. Even a blow that seems minor may have serious implications.
Signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Can’t remember events surrounding the injury
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep changes
What should I do if I think I have a concussion?
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a concussion after receiving a hit to the head or other injury, you should report it to a parent, coach, athletic trainer, or other trusted adult. It is important to seek out evaluation and treatment from an experienced healthcare provider to help minimize lasting effects.
- Seek prompt evaluation by an athletic trainer, your primary care provider, or other qualified healthcare professional
- Allow time for your brain to heal
- No physical activity while symptoms are present
- Limit screen time (computer, cell phone, television)
- Avoid activities that require deep concentration while symptoms are present
- Discuss return to regular physical and learning activities with your healthcare provider
At Watertown Regional Medical Center, we are proud to offer a standardized, evidence basedconcussion protocol. Our team approach includes Licensed Athletic Trainers, Sports Medicine providers and a Neurologist. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 920-206-6500.
WRMC accepts most insurance coverage. Additionally, the WIAA has a HeadStrong Concussion Insurance Program, which provides primary or secondary zero deductible coverage for concussion assessment and treatment, as applicable. This ensures coverages with no co-pays, $0 deductibles, and no restrictions on specific providers. Please see your athletic trainer, coach, or athletic director for more information.
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