Suspect a Concussion on the Ice? What Should You Do?


Hi, I’m Dr. Mike Evans,
and this… this is
Locker Room Doctor. [goal buzzer] [narrator]
In this episode, Dr. Alun Ackery
gives us some tips to recognize a possible
concussion on the ice, and the single most
important thing to do if we suspect one. [loud thud] [birds singing in the distance] Fred, man, you okay? I like ice cream
and Nickelback. Okay, everyone
loves ice cream… but Nickelback? I think you need
to see a doctor, buddy. Aw, he’s fine,
aren’t you, Fred… (echoes) Okay Fred, how many fingers
am I holding up? (echoes) Six. See, he needs help. Well, if he’s
seeing two hands, then the total
would be six. You’re a dolt. Doc, we need you over here, I think Fred’s got
a concussion. Nah, he just got
his bell rung. He didn’t lose
consciousness. You don’t actually need
to lose consciousness to have a concussion. It’s serious, and you don’t
want to take any chances. Any suspicion,
you should stop playing. If you don’t sit out,
it could get a lot worse. How are you feeling there,
Fred, little confused? I’ll have a strawberry
ice cream with sprinkles. Yeah, I think there’s probably
something wrong here. It’s tough to do
without medical training – hard to assess,
especially at the rink. But there are cognitive
and physical signs that you might
notice right away. Most common is headache… Feels like a saw
running in my head. You can also have dizziness,
ringing in the ears, just feeling out of it
with a blank or vacant look. (echoes) Yeah, that is a pretty
vacant look, even for Fred. If you just feel off – increased weakness
or coordination issues, sensitivity to light
or noise, you can even have short
or long term memory loss. Hey guys,
I’m feeling better. Any chance I can get
back out on the pitch and score us a couple
of touchdowns? The top priority is safety. Anything seems off,
you’re better to be benched. Watch for symptoms, and, even if
you’re feeling better, it’s better to quit
for the day. Do you think he needs
to go to the hospital, Doc? Well, if you still feel off
and you have symptoms, you should follow-up with
a healthcare practitioner. The more serious symptoms
require a visit to the emergency
department. So, loss of consciousness,
vomiting, blood from the ears
or nose, slurred speech, convulsions
that may be a seizure, you probably need to go
to the emergency department to get some imaging. The big point here
is stop playing. Be aware of your symptoms, and have your family
and friends monitor you for
a couple of days. You may need appropriate
follow-up with a healthcare
practitioner. Now actual concussion
“return to play” guidelines should be managed
by someone who actually knows
what they’re doing, usually a healthcare
provider. Hear that, Fred? You’ve got to keep an
eye on things for the next few days, especially the serious stuff. Okay, but can you do me
a favour? Name it, bud. I’ll have strawberry
ice cream with sprinkles. [goal buzzer] [upbeat music]

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