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HOW TO BY ALLISON THOMAS

HOW TO

SPOT A CONCUSSION
A bump on the head can be just that, but it can also
be serious. Learn what to watch for-including subtle
signs and symptoms that could easily be missed

Concussions-especially in children-are
nothing new. Kids have been falling off
bikes, crashing into each other on the field
and catapulting themselves off swing sets forever. But
as awareness of the potential damage from this type of
traumatic brain injury, or TBI, has increased, we're now
more likely to seek medical care than simply shrug it off.
In fact, from 2007 to 2013, rates of TBI-related
visits to the emergency department increased by 47
percent for all populations, and in 2012 alone, more
than 329,000 children were treated for concussion or
TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.
The hardest part is knowing when to seek
medical care.
"Not all symptoms are obvious, and it can
be tricky because some symptoms are not
readily apparent for up to 24 hours," says
Neha Raukar, MD, a fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine physician and
spokeswoman for the American College of
Emergency Physicians.
Raukar explains six categories medical
professionals like her use to assess the signs
and symptoms of a concussion, so you'll know
how to spot one.

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