Friday Night Lights…And Concussions

Friday Night Lights…And Concussions

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Even though we had record temperatures and humidity this week, it is undeniably fall in Chicago: school has started, ragweed season is in full bloom and the football season has kicked into full gear. As you help your kids with their homework while wiping your runny nose and red, watery eyes, it is as good as time as any to have a refresher on that most-talked-about football injury: the concussion.

As the head of Lurie Children’s Institute for Sports Medicine, Cynthia LaBella, MD says, “No two concussions are the same.” The signs and symptoms vary from person to person, but, regardless, if your child has hit their head, you should be on the look out for the following.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Vomiting

It’s important to note that most people do not lose consciousness because of a concussion.

Watch Dr. LaBella’s video on concussions to learn more about what to look for in your child and treatment options.

If you think your child may have a concussion, you can visit our Concussion Program for an evaluation at our main hospital or several of our outpatient locations.

Call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) to make an appointment at the location nearest you. You can also request an appointment online.

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