Do you know a young rising athlete who recently experienced an impact to the head, neck or face? Have you noticed that they are now struggling in school or had to take time off of school? Did they have to take a season off to recover from the blow?
Here are just some of the symptoms common with post-concussion syndrome:
- Sleep disorders
- Memory loss
- Neck and back pain
- Speech problems
- Visual disturbances
- More emotional
- Balance problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering new information 1
Whether the symptoms have been going on for a few hours or 3+ years this young rising athlete may be dealing with the signs of post-concussion syndrome which account for over 100,000 emergency department visits per year.4 With the pressure placed on these young athletes to return to play, concussions may go unrecognized or many times ignored.2 After the injury the young athlete is to return to a normal routine and symptoms are monitored over time. Studies show that children ages 8-18 missed twice as many days of school than those without and no academic accommodations were made in either case.3 This is leaving many students to drop out of school, fall behind in classes and eventually drop out of the sport they love.
Even with the best efforts with tests such as King-Devick used to evaluate for concussion in football players, it helps determine whether the athlete has a concussion but the question remains what can we do to help the student get their life back? 2
Dr. Justin Schallmann frequently has the solution! He specializes in a gentle, specific and scientific chiropractic technique, known as NUCCA that is getting athletes back to playing and academically on course. This technique focuses on the relationship between the upper cervical spine (neck) and its influence on the nervous system and brain stem function. Each patient has a unique misalignment and Dr. Schallmann specializes in identifying and correcting such misalignments providing a solution for the rising athlete.
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion. Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury. 8 March 2010. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 23 June 2015 <http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html>
- Seidman DH., Burlingame J, Yousif L. 13 June 2015, Evaluation of the King – Devick test as a concussion screening tool in high school football players. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. Retrieved from <http://www.jns-journal.com/article/S0022-510X(15)00362-7/fulltext>
- Grubenhoff JA, Deakyne SJ, Comstock RD. 25 May 2015. Outpatient follow-up and return to school after emergency department evaluation among children with persistent post-concussion symptoms. Brain Injury. 1(6). Retrieved from <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26004755>
- Rose SC, Weber KD, Collen JB. 10 April 2015. The Diagnosis and Management of Concussion in Children and Adolescents. Pediatric Neurology. Retrieved from <http://www.pedneur.com/article/S0887-8994(15)00180-0/fulltext>
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