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The ‘Bell Ringer’ Injuries

Concussions are a traumatic brain injury, that alters brain functions such as, concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. When you think of the word ‘concussion’ you probably immediately think of ‘football’ or ‘football tackle’. However it is important to remember that you can get concussions from other sports, and even car accidents.

According to a study in the Journal of Athletic Training, 50% of concussions go unreported, Why is this?

In this study, it was determined that concussion knowledge, had a correlation with why some athletes reported concussion injuries, or ‘bell ringer’ injuries, and why others did not. What is a ‘bell ringer’ injury? It is a brief, transient alteration in neurological function. This term minimizes the seriousness of a concussion, and often causes athletes not to report the incident.

The most common reasons an athlete did not report the concussion or ‘bell ringer’ according to this study:

  • Athlete didn’t think the event was serious
  • Athlete didn’t want to be removed from the game
  • Athlete didn’t want to let their teammates and coaches down

Researchers found that when an athlete had more knowledge of concussion symptoms and the potential dangers of continuing to play, they were more likely to report the event.

Common Signs and Symptoms Include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Poor balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Irrational behavior and difficulty reading

The more coaches, parents, athletes, and supporters can help young athletes know the importance of every head impact and every ‘bell ringer’ incident, the safer you can keep each and every athlete.

Loudoun Sports Therapy Center has developed a state of the art Concussion Management Program, to help ensure patients are able to safely return to their normal activities, following a concussion. At LSTC we begin the treatment process as soon as you call to set up an appointment. We will see your athlete the same day you call or the day after.

During the evaluation process, our therapists will determine the severity of the symptoms, how well their brain is functioning cognitively, assess balance and visual function, and conduct a memory test.  Our therapists will then determine the proper steps to take, in order to get your athlete back to doing what they love!

By: Tricia Walker, ATC

CALL Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY, at 703-450-4300, to schedule your evaluation! Don’t let a concussion sideline you or your athlete from doing what they love!

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Concussion Management Program.


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