Mercy Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Jessalynn Adam, Discusses Diagnosis and Treatment of Concussion in Youth Athletes
After hitting her head, Jordan Lucas came to see Jessalynn Adam, M.D., CAQSM, a fellowship-trained, board-certified physician specializing in Primary Care Sports Medicine with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center.
"I did have a headache, vomited once or twice, dizziness, drowsiness, hard concentration, I couldn't focus," Lucas said.
Dr. Adam diagnosed her with a concussion. Lucas suspected that was the case. She was familiar with the symptoms because a number of her friends suffered concussions playing sports.
"From lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, cheerleading," she said.
According to Dr. Adam, new statistics show girls are more likely to get concussions while playing sports than boys.
"I don't think we have an answer for it, but we do know the biggest risk factors are having a prior concussion and female gender. So, whatever those reasons may be, it has brought new awareness to the world of female sports, in general," Dr. Adams said.
The youth sport with the highest concussion rate is girls' soccer.
"I think everybody's first thought is football or lacrosse -- these hard-hitting contact sports. You don't think of soccer quite the same way. You still have a high risk of concussion, and certainly per-athlete exposure to the sport, a very high rate of concussion in that subset," Dr. Adams said.
It's important to keep things in perspective. Eighty percent of youth concussions have nothing to do with sports, such as Lucas' accidental bonk on the head.
"I think I have to be more careful, more cautious," Lucas said.
View Mercy sports medicine physician Dr. Jessalynn Adam’s interview regarding concussions.
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