La Reina's Sports Medicine Program provides and excellent standard of care for all of our 15 high school and eight middle school teams. The program provides injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation. Our full-time athletic trainer also serves as a first responder on campus for the La Reina community and provides medical care, education and information on many non-sports-related issues as well as all sports injuries.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. They range from mild to severe, and may disrupt the way the brain functions on a daily basis. A majority do not involve loss of consciousness, but are always life-threatening. Concussions should be treated conservatively even if they are just mild, because all are potentially serious and may result in complications, including prolonged brain damage or death, if not recognized and managed properly. Signs and symptoms may appear right after the injury, or can take up to several hours or days to fully show. If your child appears to have any symptoms of a concussion, or if you notice signs of one, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- “Pressure in head”
- Nausea or vomiting
- Neck pain
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish or slowed down
- Feeling foggy or groggy
- Change in sleep pattern
- “Don’t feel right”
- Fatigue or low energy
- Nervousness or anxiety
- More emotional
- Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays)
- Repeating the same question/comment