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January is Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

As an office that offers treatment and rehabilitation for concussions and traumatic brain injuries, we wanted to take this time to remind all of our patients and followers of the importance of proper head and body protection while participating in winter sports. Winter is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s playing hockey, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, or just sledding down the hill in the park.

When participating in these activities, it is important to protect yourself from the dangers of collisions and falls by wearing properly fitting helmets, especially in hockey, and when skiing or snowboarding.

It is also essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions or brain injuries. It is a common misconception that concussions result in loss of consciousness – in fact, less than 10% of concussion patients lose consciousness. Some common signs of concussion are:

  • DrowsinessPicture of two skiers in open snow.
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea or vomiting

 
If any of these signs are noticed, it is important to remove the athlete from play immediately and visit a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Don’t worry about overreacting – when it comes to brain injury, it is best to be cautious in order to avoid long-term damage!