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Concussions

Concussions are serious injuries that can harm the way your brain works

A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a sudden impact to your head. It can also be caused by sudden movement of your brain inside your head, such as from forceful shaking. A concussion forces th​e soft tissue of the brain to knock against the skull's bony surface.

Although they range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works. Early care and monitoring are important to prevent long-term complications. Most concussions do not involve loss of consciousness.​​

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Concussion treatment options

 

If you suspect that you have suffered a concussion, it's important to remember that you should not return to sports or recreation activities until you are evaluated by a healthcare provider experienced in treating concussions. Rest is key for the treatment of a concussion. The brain needs time to repair itself.

Treatment plans​ ​for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of concussions and personal preferences.

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medication, including pain relievers, antidepressants, antianxiety medicine, sleep aids and muscle relaxants.
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)
  • Baylor Scott & White SportsCare

    Baylor Scott & White SportsCare supports concussion treatment and management through a variety of educational and clinical services, including providing ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) for athletes.

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