Heads Up on Head Injury

All concussions are serious and ignoring their symptoms is dangerous. The concussion experts at Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine help you get back in the game quickly and safely.

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Partner with the Sanford Concussion Program for an interdisciplinary approach to concussion care. Our experts specialize in assessing, managing and treating concussions with an emphasis on sports-related injuries.

You’ll receive care based on the most up-to-date research and latest studies. With our active approach to concussion management, you’ll get the highest level of care for a safe and prompt return to activities.


What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body. This injury changes an athlete’s behavior, thinking and physical functioning.

Watch for these symptoms:

  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Headache
  • Dizziness and balance issues
  • Confusion
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Loss of consciousness (even briefly)

Immediately pull any athlete with concussion symptoms from play. It’s better for an athlete to miss one game than a whole season.

If an athlete needs medical help for a concussion, the Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine team is here to help. Our team includes physicians, neuropsychologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists – all with advanced training in concussion care.


Concussion Services Resources

Know how to help athletes stay safe during game time. Bring these concussion resources with you to the sidelines.

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What to Do in Case of a Concussion

Remove from play any athlete you suspect of having a concussion. They should rest their brain and body for 24 to 48 hours and see a health care provider.

Seek emergency medical help if an athlete has any of these symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness for longer than 30 seconds
  • A headache that dramatically worsens over time
  • Increased confusion and mood changes
  • Can’t recognize familiar people or places
  • Seizure
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Slurred speech

For a safe return to play, work with a concussion services specialist. Find an expert at Sanford Health locations in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Need to be seen today? Get fast care at our walk-in clinics without an appointment.

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