Concussions Are Serious And Can Be Minimized

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM EDT

By WKBW News

October 12, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2010 at 8:40 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - John Leddy, Medical Director for the University at Buffalo's Concussion Clinic says, concussion are a serious injury that occurs when your brain functions are disturbed due to your brain being shaken against your skull.

A concussion is usually the cause from a hit to the head or sometimes just a whiplash to the neck. Leddy says there is not way to prevent it except to not play contact sports but says there is a lot the athlete can do to minimize the likelihood of getting a concussion.

"The player can try to minimize the risk of concussion by wearing a properly fitting helmet all the time and keeping their head up being aware as much as possible of what's around them, who might hit them," says Leddy."

He also mentions the National Football League and the National Hockey League are role models to college, high school and peewee sports leagues.

"You can reduce likelihood mainly through fair play and rules changes that prevent blindsided hits," says Leddy.

He goes on to say for those that have already suffered one or two concussions, you are more likely to get a third or a fourth.
Leddy stressed if symptoms are lasting weeks or months the real issue may be a neck injury because they have very similar symptoms.