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Impact Urgent Care Medical Director Weighs in on Sports Concussions
Date:10/22/2013

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Many parents remember back to their high school sports days and the way that concussions were “treated.” People would laugh that a player got his “bell rung,” his coach or trainer would tell him to “shake it off,” and then he’d head back onto the field. But in the past several decades, much has been learned about the real dangers of concussions – not only with regard to short-term health problems, but potentially to medical issues for the rest of a patient’s life.

“Many parents ask why concussions are a bigger deal today than when they were playing sports,” said Dr. Evan Ratner, an emergency room-trained physician and medical director at Impact Urgent Care. “Unfortunately, what we didn’t know ‘back in the day’ left many athletes with lifelong complications. Just look at the body of evidence from many former NFL players who say they have struggled with headaches, memory loss, and other lasting effects from concussions they suffered decades ago.”

Football players aren’t the only ones at risk, of course. Soccer, hockey, basketball and cheerleading are among the sports at the top of the list.

When a player suffers a concussion, he has suffered a brain injury: his brain has been bruised by a severe impact that caused the brain to hit back and forth against the skull – like a punching bag against a boxer’s glove.

Unlike fractures and other physical injuries, though, concussions can be missed, because they are in some ways invisible. They cannot be diagnosed simply with a CAT scan or X-ray or MRI. Instead, a concussion must be diagnosed through a combination of response/reaction tests and a physical examination. Until a few years ago, these tests were not available. In recent years, however, they have proven to be invaluable in t
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