With warmer weather and school out for the summer, many people will venture outdoors to walk, run, ride their bicycles and play sports, such as softball, baseball and soccer. These are all great ways to stay active and keep in shape, but they may also increase your risk of sustaining a concussion.
A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Often, a concussion is referred to as a mild brain injury. Symptoms of concussion may include headache, nausea/vomiting, drowsiness or dizziness, difficulty with concentration and memory, sensitivity to light/noise, sleep disruptions, irritability and anxiety. Some people, but not all, will experience a loss of consciousness.
One of the most important things to do if you have a concussion is rest. Your brain requires time and energy to heal. When your symptoms have subsided, you may slowly resume your normal daily activities. If you experience symptoms during activity, take a day to rest. This is an indication that you are pushing yourself too hard. You should speak with your doctor before resuming any sports activity.
Physical therapy can help alleviate some of the symptoms of a concussion. For instance, physical therapy is an effective way of dealing with the dizziness and balance problems that may accompany a concussion. Physical therapy also can help to reduce neck pain or headaches that may have occurred with the concussion. If you feel that your symptoms require further attention, speak with your doctor. A physical therapy evaluation may be in order.