Last week I wrote about Matt Scott, the quarterback for the University of Arizona, who began vomiting after suffering a blow to the head in a football game against University of Southern California on October 27, 2012. Vomiting is one of the critical signs that someone has suffered a concussion, and emergency medical treatment should be sought anytime a traumatic event involving the head is involved and nausea or vomiting follows.
Another symptom of a concussion that requires immediate medical attention is dizziness or disorientation. Watch this video from another NCAA football game, again involving the University of Southern California on October 4, 2012.
The All-American receiver, Robert Woods, was taken out for only one play after the coaching staff and team physicians reviewed the possibility of Woods having a concussion by asking him the following questions:
- Who is the current president?
- What is today’s date?
- What is 100 minus 7, minus 7, minus 7?
This ridiculous evaluation was hardly a trip to the emergency room as recommended by the Mayo Clinic. Robert Woods was trotted back onto the field to endure several additional blows to the head.
This kind of violent trauma to the body and head of football players is a microcosm of that suffered by people involved in car and truck accidents. Drivers and passengers in auto accidents do not have a coach making the call for them to go to the emergency room or just go home and “sleep it off.” So it’s important that you recognize for yourself and share the common symptoms of a brain injury with those you love.
Robert Woods likely has a traumatic brain injury that will go untreated, and the long-term effects of which will not be known by most people. Please do not let a possible concussion go unchecked and untreated.