Medical Minute 1-13: Concussions and Kids: Double Impact

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

"I mostly just wanted to get back in the game and start playing again," said Chloe Jeng.

It's good she didn't. 80% of all concussion cases are diagnosed as mild. But 75% of patients don't seek medical help unless their condition gets worse.

"You can't take sports away from everybody ... you can't take being in-or-near a motor vehicle away from everybody," said Michael Yochelson, M.D., National Rehabilitation Hospital Washington, D.C.

Doctor Michael Yochelson with the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. He says spotting brain injuries are key, with the biggest tip-off being failure to remember the injury. But there are others.

"Symptoms to look for include headache, dizziness, nausea ... trouble thinking," said Dr. Yochelson.

One concussion, then another too soon could lead to second impact syndrome, which could lead to death. Sadly, 40% of prep athletes return from concussions before they're fully healed. Not Chloe - who sat out all lacrosse season.

"It was kind of rough at first, but it was definitely worth it," said Chloe Jeng.

Now - she's thinking about picking up her old ice hockey stick next year.

"You just wan to play as hard as you can, you don't really think about it anymore," said Jeng.

Her rule now, have fun, but know when to slow down.

For More Information, Contact:Michael R. Yochelson, MD Associate Medical Director Neurological Programs (202) 877-1686

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