Sports Related Head Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Specialists in Dallas

Approximately 10% of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a result of sport or recreational activities. A sports injury can result in a wide array of injuries ranging from mild to severe, including traumatic brain injuries like coma or concurrent bleeding. If you’ve suffered a sports injury, it’s critical to determine whether you have TBI right away.

A proper diagnosis can let you know if a blow or fall has resulted in traumatic injury to your brain. Sports-related concussions are one example of the damage that results from brain shaking in both contact and non-contact sports. A Dallas TBI specialist offers advanced neurological diagnostic services to ensure you get the care and support you need.

Sports and TBI

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All kinds of sports and recreational activities land patients in the hospital with TBI each year. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, some of the most common recreational activities and sports resulting in TBI are:

  • Cycling: 64.411
  • Football: 51,892
  • Playground Equipment: 38,915
  • Basketball: 38,898
  • Exercise and Equipment: 37,045
  • Baseball and Softball: 24,516

Sport-related TBI can be caused by a direct blow to your head or impact to another part of the body that causes an “impulsive” force to the head.

TBI can manifest a variety of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe:

  • Constant or recurring headaches
  • Difficulty controlling motor functions, including balance disturbance
  • Hypersensitivity to light or sound
  • Dizziness
  • Changes in hearing, sight, taste
  • Difficulty expressing thoughts or words
  • Confusion, disorientation, overstimulation

But symptoms can be delayed or go unnoticed. That’s why a professional evaluation and diagnosis are critical to your health and recovery. The latest advancements in technology and testing allow sports medicine doctors to assess traumatic brain injuries more accurately than ever. Even when standard CTs and MRIs deliver a verdict of “normal” or “negative,” our advanced technology can detect mild and moderate TBI.

Sports Concussion Clinic

To return to recreation – and life – it’s critical to receive expert testing and treatment. Only a skilled professional can determine the exact nature and extent of a head injury. Often, head injury symptoms do not appear immediately. Someone who assumes a mild concussion may be experiencing a more severe injury involving bleeding or brain damage.

If you sustained a sports injury and don’t quite feel like yourself, you should visit a Dallas TBI specialist as soon as possible. A trained healthcare professional can perform the necessary tests and diagnostics to determine the root cause of your pain. TBI requires a specialist’s skill and technology you won’t find in the average physician’s office.

The Head Injury Center offers comprehensive recovery plans to meet each individual’s unique needs. Our team includes world-class specialists with years of experience evaluating and diagnosing TBI.

Dallas Sports Injury Doctor FAQ

Common Questions About Sports Injury TBI

It’s always best to seek a professional evaluation if you’ve suffered a head injury. Symptoms can be delayed for days or even weeks after a hit or fall. A sports medicine doctor can determine if you have TBI and whether it’s mild, moderate, or severe.

You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience a blow to the head and you have a persistent headache, lose consciousness, or experience unsteadiness, vomiting, blurred vision, or weakness.

Anyone who hits their head and suspects TBI should see a doctor right away. You might notice symptoms like headache, nausea, vomiting, or loss of consciousness for any period. But it’s also important to note that symptoms of TBI are not always immediately present.

Even mild TBI is a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. As with any head injury, an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan are vital to your recovery and wellbeing.