Take-Aways from Dr. Mautner’s Concussion Chat

Thank you for attending the live chat on “Concussions and the Young Athlete”.  As you know, concussions are serious conditions that need to be evaluated soon after they occur.   It is important that all parents, coaches and athletes should be aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion in order to treat and heal properly.  If you were unable to join us, some key points we touched on during the chat are:

Question: What are symptoms of a concussion? 

Ken Mautner, MDAnswer: Symptoms of a concussion do not always arise right after the impact and they can last for days or weeks.  Some of the most common signs are:

  • Headache or dull pressure in the patient’s head
  • Loss of memory about the event that caused the injury
  • Loss of consciousness, usually temporary
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Ringing ears
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech

Question: Do you have to have an impact to the skull to develop a concussion?

Ken Mautner, MDAnswer: Concussions are most commonly caused by a direct blow to the head, face, or neck. However, if hit with enough force in another part of the body, that force can work it way to the brain and cause a concussion as well. So in short – no, the blow does not have to be directly to the head to cause a concussion

 

Question: When should you see a physician after a concussion and what type of physician should you see?

Ken Mautner, MDAnswer: Patients need to see a physician before returning to play in their sport.  We recommend seeing a physician who specializes in sports  concussions.  Emory Sports Medicine has four physicians specifically trained in the evaluation and management of sports concussions.  Pediatricians and Emergency room physicians often times are not trained to know how to properly treat patients with concussions and safely return them to their sport.

Question: Can I prevent a concussion?

Ken Mautner, MDAnswer: There is no way to truly prevent a concussion. The best advice is to be properly fitted for any protective gear that is used in your sport, such as football, hockey and downhill skiing.

 

If you suspect you or another person has experienced a sports related concussion, contact us for a concussion symptom test and to develop an appropriate treatment plan.  Review the full Concussion in the Young Athlete transcript.

Also, check out Dr. Mautner’s TV interview on 11 Alive discussing concussions in youth and professional football that was aired on Sunday evening.

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About  Kenneth Mautner, MD
Ken Mautner, MDKen Mautner, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Mautner started practicing at Emory in 2004 after completing a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Mautner currently serves as head team physician for Agnes Scott College and St. Pius High School and a team physician for Emory University Athletics. He is also a consulting physician for Georgia Tech Athletics, Neuro Tour, and several local high schools. He has focused his clinical interest on sports concussions, where he is regarded as a local and regional expert in the field. In 2005, he became one of the first doctors in Georgia to use office based neuropsychological testing to help determine return to play recommendations for athletes. He also is an expert in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound and teaches both regional and national courses on how to perform office based ultrasound. He regularly performs Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for patients with chronic tendinopathy. Dr. Mautner also specializes in the care of athletes with spine problems as well as hip and groin injuries.

About Emory Sports Medicine
The Emory Sports Medicine Center is a leader in advanced treatments for patients with orthopedic and sports-related injuries. From surgical sports medicine expertise to innovative therapy and athletic injury rehabilitation, our sports medicine physicians and specialists provide the most comprehensive treatment for athletic injuries in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Constantly conducting research and developing new techniques, Emory Sports Medicine specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of sports injuries.

Our sports medicine patients range from professional athletes to those who enjoy active lifestyles and want the best possible outcomes and recovery from sports injuries. Our doctors are the sports medicine team physicians for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech and provide services for many additional professional, collegiate and recreational teams. Appointments for acute sports injuries are available within 48 hours in most cases. Call 404-778-7777 for an appointment.

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