Hattiesburg Clinic Sports Medicine provides comprehensive concussion care for Pine Belt residents.
What is a Concussion?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or from impact to the body that causes the head to rapidly move back and forth. These sudden movements cause the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull and could stretch and damage brain cells and create chemical changes in the brain. The CDC estimates that 1 to 3 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities every year.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms typically present shortly after an injury, but some symptoms may not present for hours or even days. As a result, you may not realize how serious an injury is at first. Should you or someone you know sustain an injury, you should watch for signs of a concussion immediately following the injury and a few days after. If the signs or symptoms worsen, the individual should be taken to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
An individual who presents with one or more of the following signs and symptoms could have a concussion or a more serious brain injury:
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Issues with balance, dizziness or double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noises
- Confusion or trouble concentrating or remembering things
- Feelings of sluggishness, haziness, fogginess or grogginess
- Unable to recall events prior or after the injury
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Slow to answer questions
- Loses consciousness
- Experiences changes in mood, behavior or personality
What We Do
Our athletic trainers work with area coaches to prevent and identify concussion symptoms among student athletes. Our sports medicine specialists diagnose and treat concussions by utilizing up-to-date medical information. Additionally, Hattiesburg Clinic neurologists are available to manage brain trauma by implementing brain scans, special testing and therapy options.
Our services include:
- Concussion prevention
- Education for coaches and parents
- On-the-field concussion evaluation and care
- Performed by an athletic trainer, sometimes with a physician
- Athlete is evaluated and tested on the field and removed from the game if signs and symptoms are present.
- The player is monitored and parents are educated on follow-up care.
- Clinical evaluation
- Performed by a physician in-office and may involve memory, physical and imaging tests.
- Specialized imaging studies and diagnostic testing
- Post-concussion treatment
- Return-to-play protocol
- This is a treatment regimen we implement for a patient with concussion.
The concussion care program involves a multi-disciplinary approach with a variety of team members, including:
- Sports medicine specialists
- Primary care physicians
- Athletic trainers
- Physical therapists
Our team is trained to provide specialized concussion care beyond an emergency room or urgent care visit. We recommend contacting Hattiesburg Clinic Sports Medicine after your initial medical examination following an injury.
At Hattiesburg Clinic Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to providing quality care to athletes and active individuals. We specialize in clinical examinations, therapy and repair for the ankle, knee, elbow, hip, shoulder and spine. We also provide athletic training services to 23 area schools, including: Jones County Junior College Bobcats, Bassfield Yellowjackets, Baxterville Rebels, Columbia Academy Cougars, Columbia Wildcats, Collins Tigers, Dixie Yellowjackets, Forrest County AHS Aggies, Greene County Wildcats, Lamar Christian Lions, Mt. Olive Pirates, North Forrest Eagles, Oak Grove Warriors, Perry Central Bulldogs, Poplarville Hornets, Prentiss Christian Saints, Prentiss Bulldogs, Purvis Tornadoes, Richton Rebels, Sacred Heart Crusaders, Seminary Bulldogs, South Forrest Rebels, Stone County High School Tomcats, Sumral Bobcats and Taylorsville Tartars.