ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A local sports medicine specialist says young athletes continue to play through concussion symptoms and that could be extremely dangerous.
In a survey of high school athletes, 53 percent of them said they had continued playing despite taking a serious blow to the head.
Saint Louis University Hospital sports medicine specialist Dr. Scott Kaar calls that a dangerous move because concussion symptoms worsen or start to show themselves once an athlete become active.
“They may be fine at rest or just sitting there talking to you, and then they go and try and sprint 40 yards, then these symptoms can be brought on.”
Concussion symptoms include headaches, dizziness, difficulty with memory, difficulty concentrating, and sensitivity to light.
Kaar warns that if a concussions isn’t treated properly it can effect a person’s thinking for the rest of their life.
“A head injure or concussion is a serious medical condition that needs to be evaluated by somebody who is familiar with concussions to determine the appropriate treatment course,” says Kaar.