Can Concussions Sideline Me For Good?

young sports athlete lying down while doctor reviews xrays. Many athletes are taught from a young age to fight through the pain. Although perseverance plays a role in having success in sports, there are some situations where pushing past your limits is not the best choice. Suffering a concussion should not be taken lightly, and it requires immediate attention to prevent further injury. Recovering from a concussion takes time and thoroughly professional care. Many athletes can eventually return to their respective sports. However, some concussions can be life-changing. If you suffer symptoms consistent with a concussion, it’s essential for you to get help immediately to receive the advice that best fits your situation. If you’re wondering if a concussion means the end of your playing days, here are a few things to keep in mind as you weigh your options.

The Sport You Play

If you suffer a concussion due to a high-impact sport, it could be wise to avoid it. For instance, playing a high-collision sport, such as tackle football, can significantly increase your chances of experiencing repeated concussions, which can subject your brain to irreversible trauma. 

Other sports that can increase the likelihood of suffering a concussion can include:

  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Your Age

Concussions can happen in any sport, and anyone can experience one. However, the likelihood of being unable to return to your sport can also depend on how old you are. For instance, young children that experience concussions often experience concussion symptoms more severely than adults. Most experts believe concussion symptoms impact children more than adults because children’s brains are still developing, and when underdeveloped brains experience concussions, it can have long-lasting consequences.

Severity of Concussions

Another factor that can determine if you can return to sports after a concussion is the nature of your concussions. Concussions range from mild (Grade 1) to severe (Grade 3). Severe concussions often take extensive care and typically have the longest-lasting impact. Returning to sports after a severe concussion can be challenging, and approval from a neurosurgeon before returning to play.

However, if you experience a concussion of any degree, its essential to receive attention immediately. The Orthopedic Associates of Long Island can help deal with concussions and their symptoms and administer effective treatment strategies to help you on the road to recovery. If you’ve experienced symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, confusion, or mood swings, please contact us and schedule an appointment by calling us at 631.689.6698.

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