Kids' Concussions

August 20, 2012 3:02:43 PM PDT
Parents get a scare when their child suffers a blow to the head, and with the fall sports like football and soccer, that concern is greater than ever.

Concussions are heard to detect, but can have serious implications if left untreated. A concussion is the mildest and by far the most frequent form of traumatic brain injury. It temporarily disrupts brain functions and can occur with no visible signs of injury. Symptoms can include vomiting and amnesia.

Hunter Hillenmeyer played linebacker for the Chicago Bears from 2003-2010. After sustaining a serious concussion and leaving the Bears in 2010, he has become a concussion advocate and spokesperson for sports injury prevention.

Dr. Josh Blomgren, a sports medicine physician with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, treats a wide variety of sports injuries, including shoulder, knee, back injuries and concussion. He is a co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox, team physician for the Chicago Red Stars, and serves as a medical provider for Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Youth Sports Injury Prevention Seminars featuring Hunter Hillenmeyer:

Sept. 18, 7 pm -- Oak Park River Forest High School
Sept. 26, 7 pm -- Naperville North High School
Oct. 2, 7 pm - Hinsdale Central High School

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