Dangers of concussions can't be ignored in youth and college spo - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Dangers of concussions can't be ignored in youth and college sports

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Before you know it, it will be here. A time of year that could also mean more patients for Dr. Matthew Pollack at USC Sports Medicine.

"Essentially, a concussion is any type of trauma to the brain," Pollack said. "Probably the easiest way to describe it is that it's almost like a bruise to the brain. It's a little different than an actual bruise. It's really more at a microscopic level."

Concussions in sports has become a hot topic across the country.

And Pollack said doctors still don't know everything about them.

"A lot of people end up having scans done for various injuries: X-rays, M.R.I.'s, and CT scans," Pollack said. "We use those with head injuries, but unfortunately, concussions are something we really can't see on the scan."

Pollack said concussions occur in athletes young and old but symptoms often last longer in younger people. And he said they can occur in a number of ways.

"Everybody gets excited about people getting head-to-head injuries, but even quick start and stops, the brain is almost kind of sitting in a fish bowl surrounded by water, so even just start and stops can cause the brain to slosh around and bang up against the skull," Pollack said.

Symptoms of a concussion include headaches, dizziness, and loss of consciousness.

But there are more subtle symptoms like changes in vision, changes in personality, nausea, confusion, and slurred speech.

Pollack said despite stricter guidelines and rules, concussions will happen.

He said the important thing is quickly recognizing concussions and quickly treating them.

"It really boils down to the kids being honest about how they're feeling," Pollack said. "So, concussions are certainly a serious thing. It's something that when we can identify them early, we can get better outcomes."

USC Sports Medicine said the best treatment to a concussion is physical and mental rest.

Of course, there's growing concern about the long-term effects of repeated concussions.

Pollack said doctors believe they might lead to dementia, ongoing headaches, and depression down the road.

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • 'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    'I got 2 clips!' Impatient mom pulls out gun, threatens barber cutting son's hair

    Friday, April 28 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-04-28 21:45:21 GMT
    (Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)(Source: Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County Facebook)

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>

    Police are looking for a woman who pointed a gun at a barber all because her son's haircut was taking too long.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly