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Cantu Concussion Center

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Education and Support

In addition to providing treatment for athletes and others suffering from concussive brain injuries, the Cantu Concussion Center is dedicated to improving public understanding of concussions and providing support for those suffering from or affected by a head injury.


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EDUCATION

When someone suffers a concussion, the clock begins to tick. Know what you can do to help ensure you or your child are getting the treatment you need, when you need it.

For Patients and Caregivers

Patients who suffer traumatic head injuries often wonder “When will I feel better?” The most important thing to do if you or someone you love may be suffering from the symptoms of a concussion is to seek treatment.

Once you have been evaluated and you begin receiving therapy, you are very likely to get better. The process may be slow, it’s different for every patient, but with the right treatment and dedication to following your treatment plan, you can return to normal eventually.

For Parents and Sports Coaches

Though parents and coaches shouldn’t attempt to diagnose a concussion—that’s a job for physicians trained to manage head trauma—that doesn’t exclude them from the important job of studying children or players for signs of head trauma. The sooner a child gets to a doctor or medical personnel trained in concussion diagnosis and receives proper treatment, the better the outcome.

If you suspect a child has suffered a concussive brain injury, try the following:

  • Test his short-term memory by asking questions about recent events.
  • Test her orientation by asking her to repeat numbers or unrelated words at various intervals.
  • Ask how the child is feeling. Are they feeling any of the symptoms of a concussion?

Observe the child, and if symptoms or cognitive difficulties persist find a physician who has training in concussions and take the next available appointment. If any symptoms worsen, especially headache, nausea and vomiting, or level of alertness, seek immediate medical evaluation.

For coaches, if there is any concern about a player, he or she should be pulled and evaluated.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

For published articles on the latest concussion research, visit the links below.

Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport
A document developed for use by people involved in the care of injured athletes, whether at the recreational, elite or professional level featuring the science of concussion management and return to play recommendations.

The NCAA Concussion Study
Approximately 300, 000 sport-related concussions occur annually in the United States, and the likelihood of serious injury may increase with repeated head trauma. This study estimates the incidence of concussion and time to recovery after concussion in collegiate football players.

Trends in Concussion Incidence in High School Sports
Understanding the risk and trends of sports-related concussion among 12 scholastic sports may contribute to concussion detection, treatment, and prevention. This study examines the incidence and relative risk of concussion in 12 high school boys’ and girls’ sports between academic years 1997-1998 and 2007-2008.

Sport-Related Concussion and Age
Sport-related concussions (SRC) among high school and collegiate athletes represent a significant public health concern. The Concussion in Sport Group has considered age a modifying factor in concussion outcomes. This study aims to find out if younger athletes take longer to return to neurocognitive baseline than older athletes after a SRC.

OTHER RESOURCES

For more information and resources on concussive brain injuries, visit the links below.

CDC Traumatic Brain Injury Resources
Learn more about traumatic brain injuries from the Center for Disease Control. Includes information for coaches, parents, and athletes.

New York Times Concussion Health Guide
A comprehensive guide to concussions including causes, symptoms, tests, treatment, and more.

Return-to-Play Guidelines
See the guidelines used by doctors to help determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to play.

Concussion Videos
Visit Dr. Cantu’s website for a variety of videos related to concussive brain injuries, as well as the many publications he has written on Concussion, Post Concussion Syndrome, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).