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Watch Your Head

Concussions can arise from a direct impact to the head or sudden jolting that causes the brain to rapidly shake within the skull. Although they can happen in various sports and activities, they are most frequently observed in high-contact sports.

“We see a higher frequency of concussions in sports like boxing and football. The collisions, tackles, and blows to the head significantly increase the risk of getting a concussion,” says fellowship-trained sports medicine expert Dr. Melanie Worley.

Concussions are sometimes hard to detect. Loss of consciousness can occur in some cases, but it is not a universal symptom. Additionally, certain symptoms may have a delayed onset, manifesting several days after the injury occurs.

The main signs of a concussion are:

  • Imbalance issues 
  • Alterations in sleep patterns 
  • Challenges in speech and communication 
  • Headaches 
  • Memory lapses 
  • Nausea

“If you suspect a concussion, it is crucial to seek medical attention,” Dr. Worley said. “You will likely get a neurological examination or tests to thoroughly diagnose the issue.”

The recommended treatment for a concussion is comprehensive rest, meaning taking a break both physically and mentally. Dr. Worley will provide guidelines and outline activities to avoid during the recovery period. It's important to note that symptoms may persist for weeks or even months after the initial injury. Only upon complete recovery and receiving approval from your doctor should you gradually resume your regular activities.

If you believe you have experienced a concussion, we encourage you to schedule an appointment online with our concussion expert, Dr. Worley, at BoulderCentre for Orthopedics & Spine or call 303.449.2730.