How do Hockey Concussions Effect You

Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses How do Hockey Concussions Effect You

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Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses How do Hockey Concussions Effect You
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Featuring Dr. Larissa Roux, MD, MPH, PhD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med
How do Hockey Concussions Effect You
Duration: 2 minutes, 14 seconds

A concussion is essentially a head injury that results in neurologic impairment, and in hockey, this is generally the result of trauma: a forceful blow to the head or a jarring event.

Concussions are always serious, no matter how mild or severe they seem at the time. All concussions must be seen immediately by a medical team.

They're serious because evidence shows that multiple concussions, even if they're little, can lead to long-term impairment in neurological function. Skaters will not be able to go back out and play hockey, you may not be able to go back to school, and you may not be able to return to work.

A player who presents following a concussion will experience a whole range of symtoms. These might include headache, dizziness, nausea, a sensation of feeling dazed, and they may have poor concentration.

In terms of signs to look out for, vomiting, slurred speech, a change in personality might ensue. With respect to concussion treatment, the number one thing that a player must do is not return to play if they've suffered a concussion. The helmet must be removed and the patient or the player must rest and achieve full recovery before going back out there.

Treatment for concussion requires the participation of a primary care sp, the commitment of the athlete as well as the coach. It is a progressive, step-wise solution to the problem. At each step of the way there should be no signs and symptoms incurred.

Research shows that concussion is three times more likely among hockey players who engage in body checking. It also shows that wearing a well-fitted helmet with a full face shield will reduce the time away from hockey by half.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to consult your primary care sports medicine physician.

Presenter: Dr. Larissa Roux, Sports Medicine Physician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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