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ER Doctor explains importance of understanding and preventing concussions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Fall school sports are back, and so is the threat for concussions. Local 24 News sat down with an ER doctor who explai...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Fall school sports are back, and so is the threat for concussions. Local 24 News sat down with an ER doctor who explained the ins and out of concussions and how you can keep your kids safe. 

Dr. Dale Criner at St Francis Hospital says, “Noconcussion is minor.”  

He says the best way to prevent a concussion is tounderstand the mechanics of one. 

Dr. Criner tells us the skull is a fixed bonystructure that houses the brain. The brain is cushioned by Cerebral SpinalFluid or CSF.

He said, “The brain can move around a little bitinside there. So, whenever you hit really hard, that brain keeps going, bumpsinto the skull, and ricochets back off.”

If that happens as a result of a rough tackle, ormaybe a fall on the playground, Dr. Criner says look out for these signs:drowsiness, loss of sensorium – which means the sense of who you are andyour awareness of surroundings – as well as dizziness. 

If your child shows any of these after a head injury,seek immediate medical attention.

Dr. Criner said, “It is very important that afterthe child sustains a concussion, they absolutely need to take at least 48 hoursof no contact at all.”

To reiterate, head to the doctor and once diagnosed,allow your child adequate recovery time.