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Summer 2010


Botsford HealthSource Magazine

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Quiz: What to Do About Concussions

Any hard blow to the head can cause a concussion. While most concussions are minor, all head injuries should be taken seriously. Would you know what to do in case of an injury? Take this quiz to find out.

Questions

  1. The main sign of a concussion is loss of consciousness. True or False?
  2. It’s dangerous to let a person sleep after a head injury.
    True or False?
  3. Bicycle helmets are 85 percent effective in preventing head injuries. True or False?
  4. It’s safe for an athlete to continue playing after suffering a concussion. True or False?

Answers

  1. False. Some people who have a concussion briefly lose consciousness. But, this is not common. Other symptoms include headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea, and confusion and memory loss.See a doctor at once if you suspect a concussion. Some people do not develop symptoms right away. So, that’s why it’s important to watch someone for at least 24 hours.
  2. False. Rest is usually recommended after a head injury. However, wake the person up every few hours to make sure he or she is mentally OK. Ask simple questions, such as “What day is it?” Seek immediate medical care if troubling signs appear, such as severe head or neck pain or worsening confusion.
  3. True. If you’re having trouble getting your children to wear a helmet, remember the power of example. Children are more likely to wear helmets if they see adults wearing them. Also, recognize the importance of looks and comfort when picking out helmets. Kids might add stickers of favorite cartoon characters or the names of sports figures.
  4. False. It’s best to seek a doctor’s opinion before returning to the game. If athletes return too soon, they risk a second blow to the head. Even a minor blow can cut blood supply to the brain, which can be fatal.

Speakers on Safety Issues Available

Need a free speaker for your nonprofit group? Botsford’s Speakers’ Bureau can provide your group with health care professionals who speak with enthusiasm, expertise and knowledge on many topics, including injury prevention. Call (248) 442-1661. Speakers also available for companies and corporations. Call for details.