When should you get back in the game?
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 03:42:57 GMT —
In the past few years, there has been a lot more attention put on sports injuries on the field, in particular head and neck injuries.
Some parents are making their children wear helmets for sports that don't usually require helmets.
Some head and neck injuries leave players paralyzed, others with a concussion.
Now a new sideline test is being used to determine whether a player should get back in the game or not.
It's something that no parent of an athlete wants to see...
But it happens all the time, in professional sports and high school sports, in basketball and football: Concussions...
Now a new test could give a better insight to these injuries. It's called the King-Devick test. Athletes are tested before the season even starts. They read a card with numbers on it. If athletes get hurt, they're asked to read it again.
"This particular test actually tests the athlete's ability to focus and it evaluates the eye movements by having them read a card of numbers across a designated line," said Dr. Biggs.
Dr. Biggs with Quincy Medical Group says it's a quick screen that looks for abnormal eye movements. Using the test for concussions, however, is still a very new concept.
"I think it's reasonable to start evaluating it, but the small test that they've done on less than 40 participants in a short period of time, the reliability was great," said Biggs.
Last October we spoke with Trevor Huffman. He's the Director of Rehabilitation Services with the Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
Huffman said, "If you let them go back in, they get a second impact syndrome or they have multiple little concussions than they can have a lot of problems later on."
And if the players go back in the game too soon, that could have serious long term consequences.
"The biggest thing that we're seeing is you're starting to see some psychological effects, depression, anxiety, and that's really effecting people that have had a period of concussions over a long period of time. It's starting to effect the way that they function in life," said Biggs.
Dr. Biggs says another way to look for concussions is through balance coordination and memory re-call.
If symptoms such as amnesia, headaches, and nausea continue after you've been injured, you should see your doctor.