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Even Minor Head Injuries Need Close Examination
08/27/2009

CLEBURNE, Texas — With football season around the corner, it’s important that athletes, parents, and coaches know the symptoms of head injuries and concussions.

The Centers for Disease Control says that what may seem like a minor bump or head blow can lead to serious complications.

“Head injuries, no matter how minor they seem at the time, are not something to ignore,” said Marvin Cloud, R.N., trauma coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “It’s better to monitor the situation and bring your child in for evaluation than to risk an undiagnosed head trauma.”

Texas Health Cleburne recently held an informational lunch with high school coaches and athletic directors about concussions. Parents should also learn the symptoms as an added protection.

The CDC says that signs and symptoms include:

  • Appearing dazed, stunned or confused
  • Forgetting instruction
  • Moving clumsily
  • Losing consciousness
  • Showing behavior or personality changes

Something as simple as a child not “feeling right” can be a sign of greater health care problems. The CDC also says other symptoms that an athlete may report include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Sluggishness
  • Concentration or memory problems

If a child might have a concussion or head injury, the CDC recommends that parents, seek medical attention immediately, keep children out of the game, and inform coaches about any injuries.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/concussioninYouthSports or cdc.gov/injury.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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