Female Athletes and Concussions

We all know that concussions can be very dangerous. It can bring on different types of brain injuries, and brain ailments that can cause serious injury to our bodies. We want to make sure that we provide you with an accurate assessment of your confession, if you have one. We actually offer free concussion trainings. We understand that concussions can be very dangerous and we want to make sure that we properly assess you if you possibly could have a concussion. We want to make sure that your brain is working properly and that it’s not going to be damaged any further than it is.

At BodyCentral Physical Therapy we offer these free concussion screenings because we know that things can happen in sports and sometimes you can go days, even months without knowing that you have a concussion. We understand that concussions can cause further issues with your brain so we want to make sure that we treated as quickly as possible. We want to provide you with a treatment plant to help you be able to decrease the chances of any further brain damage. We want to make sure that we provide you with the Tucson Physical Therapy Treatments that you are looking for to make sure that your brain is working at best as he can.

It’s important that we address any type of concussions as quickly as possible because like I said earlier, it can lead to further brain damages. Sometimes those bring damages are not reversible but if we catch it early then we can make sure that there are no further brain damages that can them. We would like to have anyone placed in sports come in and assess their hands to make sure that they don’t have if you had any type of signs and symptoms of dizziness, headaches, or even difficulty concentrating and come in and get a concussion screenings for free. You don’t have to pay anything to be up to make sure that your brain is not damaged. As you can see you be able to receive the best Tucson Physical Therapy Treatments here at BodyCentral Physical Therapy so don’t go anywhere else because you won’t be able to find services like these anywhere else.

Another reason why it’s important to be able to provide the screenings for free is because we understand how important it is to be able to get to these damages as quickly as possible. We don’t want anything to happen to any of our clients and that is why we offer concussion screenings and injuries screenings for free. Whatever type of injury you have you can always come in and schedule an appointment for yourself as soon as possible and be able to access your injury that way we know exactly what working with. We can then provide you with Tucson Physical Therapy Treatments to make sure that we are properly assessing the issue. We want to make sure that you are okay and that you have the proper treatments in place so that way we can help you feel better.

What is a concussion?

It is a traumatic brain injury that happens with a rapid motion of the head, or a direct blow to the skull. Some athlete’s have described this as getting their bell “rung” or other similar descriptions. Athletes of all ages are at risk for concussions, and different sports have varying degrees of risk. Most people think of the NFL and football when we talk about concussions, but it doesn’t stop there.

Why are female athletes more at risk?

There are some theories to explain why concussion rates for female athletes are higher than their male counterparts, but at the time of this writing there hasn’t been any hard evidence to prove any of these.

Some possible reasons: 1) Female athletes may be better at reporting their symptoms and seeking help  2) Females have a smaller mass of the head and neck, making it more difficult to absorb the injury  3) Females may have less developed neck muscles, which may lead to less control of the head during impact

Preventing and Treating Concussions

Prevention is KEY. Talking to coaches, athletic trainers, parents, athletes, Physical Therapists and others about the importance of concussions and ways to prevent them. Some of these prevention strategies include wearing the right protective gear, playing by the league rules, and making sure athletes are conditioned properly for their chosen sport.

Recovering correctly from a concussion is serious business. Recovery generally includes a period of “shutting down”- both physically and mentally. Athletes must rest from academics and from athletics– and that means no video games or cell phones too! The brain needs a period of rest. Following this, the athlete will slowly resume activities under proper guidance of a physician, athletic trainer and physical therapist team. The athlete should only return to activity when formally cleared by the team.

Avoiding re-injury is important too. Studies show that players who have one concussion have a greater chance of having another one. With repeated concussions athletes may experience memory loss and difficulty thinking and concentrating.

What’s the Risk?

Soccer- research shows female soccer is second only to male football players for the number of concussions each year. Concussions can be caused by falls, player to player impact, and from heading the ball repeatedly.

Cheerleading- high level techniques like throwing cheerleaders high in the air have led to an increase in concussions in cheerleading

Basketball- player to player contact and hitting the head on the floor may cause concussion

Skiiing/Snowboarding- high speed falls and collisions are potential for concussions

Softball- player to player collisions, sliding, and being hit by a ball are potential for concussions

Volleyball- player to player impact, and being hit by the ball or hitting the head on the court are potential problems

Prevention Strategies at Bodycentral Physical Therapy and the Ultimate Sports Asylum

Because of the prevalence of the concussion problem in female athletes, we are teaming with experts in the field to develop concussion prevention strategies and programs for athletes of all ages. For more information on these programs, please contact Dr. Jennifer Allen at info@bodycentralpt.net

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