According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there are as many as 3.8 million reported concussions per year in the United States. Though that number is high the concussion experts at UPMC want people to know a few things about concussion are true:
- No two concussions are the same
- Concussion is a treatable injury
- Treatment should be highly specialized
- A personalized approach leads to the best outcomes
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Changing Common Concussion Misconceptions
The CDC estimates that as many as 19% of athletes who participate in contact sports will experience a concussion. Football is the most commonly associated sport with concussions. But did you know that girls’ soccer and basketball follow closely behind? That is because a concussion isn’t only caused by a direct blow to the head. A direct blow to the body can cause one too if the force of the impact is transmitted to the head.
Any time an athlete is hit they should be removed from the game and evaluated before returning to play. Any athlete displaying symptoms should not be allowed to return to play until being examined by a medical professional.
Individualized Concussion Plan
Last year, the UPMC Sports Concussion Program, the largest program in the nation, had more than 17,000 patient visits. Included in those visits are patients from 15 professional sports teams and more than 25 colleges and universities. The Program even had a patient travel from 3,439 miles from Ireland to seek treatment from our concussion experts.
This is because of the high level, comprehensive care patients receive. Our experts believe each injury merits an individualized treatment plan. These treatment plans are based on our evidence-based clinical trajectories, including cognitive, cervical, post-traumatic migraine, and mood.
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An athletic lifestyle carries the potential for injury. Whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior, UPMC Sports Medicine can help. If you are looking to prevent, treat, or rehabilitate a sports injury, our multidisciplinary team of experts can help you get back into the game. If you are seeking to improve your athletic performance, we can work with you to meet your goals. We serve athletes and active people of all ages and experience levels. Our goal is to help you keep doing what you love. Visit our website to find a specialist near you.