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Taking Precautions Helps Prevent Head Trauma
Whether from a motor vehicle crash, a fall or an accident on wheels, head trauma can happen at any time. But, in some cases, it also can be prevented and avoided, says Michael Marcus, trauma program manager at Lee Memorial Health System's Trauma Center.
"Always wearing a seatbelt and not drinking and driving are always good tips," Michael says. "Wearing a properly-fitted helmet when riding or anytime you are on wheels—like ATVs, inline skates, skateboards or bikes—is another easy way to avoid head trauma. Additionally, people may not think about falling from standing. This often happens to older people—especially those on blood pressure medications or blood thinners—so seniors need to practice their balance. They may benefit from physical therapy, a referral to the balance clinic or mobility aids like a cane or a walker to prevent falls."
Prevention of head trauma also should be forefront for athletes. To educate area coaches and parents, the Trauma Center created a Sports Injury Prevention program.
"Education is key," explains Syndi Bultman, Trauma Center injury prevention and resource manager. "People need to realize that most concussions occur without the loss of consciousness, so recognizing signs and symptoms and properly responding can help prevent further injury or even death. Through our program, we urge coaches, parents and players to prevent injury by wearing and using equipment properly, paying attention to signs and symptoms of concussion, immediate evaluation and removing athletes with possible concussion from games or practice."
If you or someone you know receives a bump, hit or jolt to the head and experiences signs and symptoms of head trauma, seek medical care immediately.
Signs and symptoms of head trauma include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Concentration or memory problems
- Loss of consciousness
"Always wearing a seatbelt and not drinking and driving are always good tips," Michael says.
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