Researchers from UT-Southwestern Medical Center studied a North Carolina high school football team using accelerometers built into their helmets to measure the direction and force of each impact to their heads. Using a combination of imaging techniques and measures of electrical activity in the brain, they found that even players who did not suffer a concussion had evidence of traumatic brain injury which correlated with the cumulative amounts of force their helmets measured.
At Pediatric Associates of Northern Colorado, we can diagnose and guide treatment for mild traumatic brain injury like that described above or concussion which is still a more concerning medical finding. We urge parents and their student athletes to watch for symptoms of concussion after practices and games. These include headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, irritability, mild depression, sensitivity to light, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue. Should you suspect a concussion, please come for an evaluation and refrain from further contact sports until cleared by a medical care provider.