GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- Dr. Angela Sinner, pediatric rehabilitation physician at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare stopped by to talk about the signs and symptoms of a concussion that everyone - coaches, parents, even athletes themselves - should be aware of.
At the start of the school year, Minnesota State High School League regulations took effect that require coaches to bench any player that shows symptoms of a concussion - and requires players to receive written approval from their provider before returning to play. This legislation has special significance for the family of high school junior Duffy Fallon. Dr. Sinner was joined by Duffy Fallon, a patient at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, and Duffy's father, Pat Fallon. Duffy came to Gillette for evaluation following a severe concussion he sustained during a hockey game.
Last February, Duffy sustained a severe concussion during a hockey game. Neither his parents nor his coaches realized something was very wrong until later, when he began vomiting and lost all memory of the game he'd just played. Soon, Duffy began experiencing trouble walking, sensitivity to light, and cognitive issues. As he continued to experience symptoms, Duffy made the difficult decision to take himself out of hockey - for good. So did his sister, after seeing the effects of her brother's injury.
Dr. Angela Sinner, pediatric rehabilitation physician at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, joins Duffy and his father, Pat, to discuss the signs and symptoms of a concussion that everyone - coaches, parents, even athletes themselves - should be aware of. She'll also reinforce the importance of post-injury care and evaluation in preventing permanent short-term and long-term brain damage.
For more details about Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, visit www.gillettechildrens.org/braininjury or call 651-229-3890.
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