The goalie kicks the soccer ball into the air after a save, the player down the field sees the ball coming right at her and has only one option to use her head to stop the ball and send it in the opposite direction, but in the process her head collides with another player. This is one of the most common ways in which soccer players get concussions which is the most dangerous youth injury. Concussion related symptoms fall into four categories – Physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep.1 They can be further described as:
- Headaches / Migraines
- Speech problems
- Neck and back pain
- Insomnia / Sleep disorders
- Cognitive problems (inattention, memory loss, mental confusion)
Symptoms could start immediately after the injury or could start even months later. This is important to note because many times parents begin to notice change in personality, grades dropping or lack of energy after much time has passed. While many balance and neurocognitive tests have been developed to catch the problem early on, we currently diagnose concussions primarily by symptoms reported by the patient rather than on objective markers.1
While coaches, trainers and parents are now more aware of concussion symptoms the reality is that patients are many times diagnosed but their treatment is to rest, discontinue play and wait until the symptoms go away. Dr. Justin Schallmann has met many of these players and believes our healthcare system is failing these future leaders whose lives can dramatically change after one sports injury. He believes it is unfortunate that so many young lives get taken away and is passionate about letting others know of the success he is seeing with upper cervical specific chiropractic treatments. As an upper cervical (neck) chiropractic specialist, Dr. Schallmann is dedicated to evaluating patients who are suffering with symptoms as a result of head trauma. By correcting the upper neck, it reduces the irritation to the nerves at the level of the brain stem and spinal cord which trigger pain and the neurological symptoms listed above.2 By correcting this problem Dr. Schallmann has been able to help young athletes get their life back!
- Riara FP, Ford MA. Sports-related concussions in youth: improving the science, changing the culture. National Academics Press. 4 Feb 2014. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK185340/>.
- Elster E. Head Injury / Post Concussion syndrome. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Web. Accessed on 26 August 2015. <http://erinelster.com/ConditionsDetail.aspx?ConditionID=12>.
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