Concussions on the rise among athletes

Published On: Feb 14 2013 11:07:17 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 10:33:57 AM CST

(NewsUSA) - Notice how many professional athletes have been sidelined lately by concussions?

Experts have, and -- with the problem also affecting youth sports from soccer to bicycling to football -- they're labeling it "a national epidemic."

"Not only are most athletes susceptible to concussions from collisions, but in pro hockey alone there are more than 50,000 'hits' annually -- and too many are serious injuries to the head," says Dr. Ted Carrick, board-certified chiropractic neurologist and distinguished professor of neurology at Life University, who treats professional athletes from around the world, and is active in the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain functions. Symptoms include dizziness, instability and confusion.

Using methods that rely on brain-based, non-invasive, drug-free approaches -- like chiropractic care and physical rehab -- can help re-establish balance and maximal brain and nervous system functionality. Doctors of chiropractic are trained in recognizing signs of concussions, and directing appropriate care or referral as part of an integrated health team. Learn more at www.yes2chiropractic.org.