WHY CHOOSE US FOR CONCUSSION TREATMENT?
Dr Jochims is passionate about caring for young athletes who have suffered from a head injury. As a parent of 3 children involved in soccer, football and basketball, he has seen numerous children significantly affected by the consequences of a concussion. The lingering symptoms may cause the athlete to miss several days to months of their sporting event and also possible school. Dr. Jochims has attended extensive continuing education courses on sports concussion through the American Academy of Neurology. As a neurologist, he is extensively experienced in treating the ramifications of a concussion, including headaches, dizziness, seizures and cognitive deficits.
He utilizes such concussion assessment tools such as the SCAT- 3. He will work closely with your primary care doctor, athletic trainers and your school to make sure the athlete is properly cared for and transitioned back to play or school as soon as possible.
The SCAT3 is a standardized tool for evaluating injured athletes for concussion and can be used in athletes aged from 13 years and older. The SCAT can be administered by a licensed healthcare professional on the sidelines or in the athletic trainers’ office once an athlete has been pulled off the field because a concussion is suspected. It measures
Concussion Symptoms and Signs
Nobody wants to leave a game. Often the athlete is very stubborn and unwilling to cooperate in identifying any real problems. To their credit as a competitor they wish to play on. With some sports injuries, this is entirely possible. With a concussion or a head injury this is simply not the assumption that should be made. Regardless of the score and the player involved it is important as coaches, officials, parents and spectators to identify any real signs or symptoms. Below you will see signs that can be identified from the third party and symptoms experienced by the athlete.
SIGNS A CONCUSSION
(what others see in an injured athlete):
- Dazed or stunned appearance
- Change in the level of consciousness or awareness
- Confused about assignment
- Forgets plays
- Unsure of score, game, opponent
- Answers more slowly than usual
- Shows behavior changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Asks repetitive questions or memory concerns
SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION
(what an injured athlete feels):
- Dizzy or unsteady
- Sensitive to light or noise
- Feeling mentally foggy
- Problems with concentration and memory
The Concussion and other Sports Injuries
A concussion, head injury and other sports injuries can be serious. Why is it such a big deal all of a sudden? For years athletes and common medical practice have often been at odds. The term "rub some dirt on it and get back in there," was synonymous with being a warrior, a true athlete. Often seeing a family doctor was merely a technicality and required step as a means to alleviate liability of schools and coaches. Often the athlete and the parents of the athlete would take the mild signs of a potential deeper issue to be nothing more than part of the game. In the recent years, sports medicine and research has shown that the old way of thinking may not be the best for the long term well being of the athlete. A concussion, even a mild one, can lead to immediate and permanent brain damage. Some of this damage can be mild and may not be important to some but some of the effects can also be devastating. This is why it is important to be aware of how to identify a potential concussion. If a real and potential threat exists, it is not only important but mandatory according for the athlete to leave the game for a period of time.