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Signs and
Symptoms of
a Concussion
severe drowsiness or inability to
wake up; worsening headache that
does not go away; altered speech or
coordination; weakness or numbness; repeated vomiting or nausea,
convulsions or seizures; unusual
behavior, confusion, restlessness or
agitation; and muscle weakness on
one or both sides of the body.
Each concussion is a unique
injury and must be evaluated
comprehensively to determine the
specific difficulties being faced by
the patient. A concussion specialist
can perform an evaluation that may
include a detailed interview, neurocognitive testing and a physical
evaluation to assess the vestibular
system (related to balance, motion
sensitivity and dizziness), the ocular system (the eyes and how they
move) and the neck.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF GIO DOUYON; ICONS BY GETTY IMAGES

Treatment and Recovery

Based on a thorough clinical evaluation, a concussion expert will
determine what specific deficits the
patient is dealing with. This allows
for the creation of a targeted treatment plan to rehabilitate and retrain
problems caused by the head injury.
It's also important that both doctor
and patient create an individualized
academic or work accommodation
plan to help the patient successfully
return to these settings as quickly
and as safely as possible.
For Douyon, Dr. Schwartz and his
staff instructed him to hydrate, rest,
limit screen time, avoid excessive

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Observed
by Others
Appears dazed
or stunned
Is confused
about events
Answers
questions slowly
Repeats questions
Can't recall
events before or
after the incident
Loses consciousness
(even briefly)
Shows behavior or
personality changes
Forgets things easily

Reported
by Patients
Thinking/Remembering:
Difficulty thinking clearly
Difficulty concentrating
or remembering
Feeling slowed down
Feeling sluggish, hazy,
foggy or groggy
Physical:
Headache or pressure
in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems
or dizziness
Fatigue or tiredness
Blurry or double vision
Sensitivity to light or noise
Numbness or tingling
Does not feel right
Emotional:
Irritable
Sad
More emotional than usual
Nervous
Sleep:
Drowsy
Sleeps less or more
than usual
Has trouble falling asleep
Source: Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention

I've played a lot of impact
sports, including wrestling,
football and basketball,
and I had never suffered a
concussion until, ironically,
I was in a car accident.
-Giovani "Gio" Douyon

napping and shorten his workouts.
He also gave up weekly practices
with his rugby team, Atlanta
Old White.
Research data suggests that 70
to 80 percent of individuals will
not experience significant difficulties beyond one to three months
after experiencing a concussion.
Appropriate medical evaluation
and treatment is a key aspect of a
safe and efficient recovery. Because
each concussion is unique, recovery
time may vary between individuals.
A medical professional can identify
risk factors for lengthy recovery
and also begin treatment when
appropriate to address concussionrelated difficulties that could prolong recovery if not addressed.
In Douyon's case, Dr. Schwartz
gave the all-clear to return to rugby
practice and resume regular activities two months after the diagnosis.
Now fully recovered, Douyon
still schedules check-ins with
Dr. Schwartz and continues to keep
a careful eye on his health. Atlanta
Old White has big plans to take
home a national title, with Douyon
healthy and back on the field. *

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