With the NFL season just about to begin and a rash of Baseball players getting “dinged” by pitches and hits over this past weekend, I think it’s important to state the following: A “ding” on the field is no little thing….
A “ding” may be more serious than expected. After a “ding” on the field, the shook up athlete may sit on the sidelines for a little while and if they look OK, they often go back (or are sent back) in the game. That may be a bad idea.
In a recent study, 43 male and female high school athletes who had a mild head concussion were tested for attention, memory, reaction time and information-processing speed within a week of injury. Researchers were shocked when they found a dramatic decrease in memory and an increase in symptoms 36 hours after injury. Quite significantly, those athletes who had on-the-field symptoms lasting longer than 5 minutes had a 500% drop in memory performance.
Anyone who suffers a sports injury, no matter how “mild,” needs a chiropractic checkup to ensure that they aren’t carrying unresolved damage in their body.
Lovell MR, Collins MW, Iverson GL, Johnston KM, Bradley JP. Grade 1 or “ding” concussions in high school athletes. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2004;32:47-54.