Healing from a concussion requires brain rest, but you still need to live your life. What are the best ways to make sure the brain is active but not overwhelmed with metabolic demands?
Head and Neck Injuries
Head and neck injuries such as concussions and stingers aren't unique to full-contact sport athletes such as football and hockey players. While age, position, and style of play can all affect a person's head injury risk, any athlete can sustain a head or neck injury during the course of play.The articles below will help you learn to recognize head and neck injury symptoms and risks.
Avoiding the TV, computer, and phone screens is just one step toward helping children get adequate brain rest after a concussion. Learn what other steps should be taken.
Seeking extra help, accommodations from the school, and keeping teachers, coaches, and counselors informed can help children recovering from a concussion transition back into their school routines.
A gradual return to full engagement in sports or other physical activities can begin once a child's concussion symptoms have resolved.
Like any doctor appointment, preparing to meet with a concussion specialist for the first time is important. Bringing a family member along is a good way to ensure patients remember details.
It's possible for other neck, head, and shoulder injuries to occur alongside a stinger. Learn which injuries can be expected.
Research shows that people with a concussions can usually return to their daily routines over time, making small, graduated increases in activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends athletes follow a 6-step approach to return to physical activity.
Neglecting to take the time to get adequate rest after a concussion comes with risks, including being at greater risk for subsequent concussions.
Athletes who play contact sports that involve head and neck impact commonly sustain stingers, impact neck injuries.
Treatment for Stingers
Treatment for stingers is typically non-invasive, but may include injections if first-line treatments fail to bring relief.