The news is full of stories of sports-related concussions and how they impact health. Coaches and parents are going to great lengths to reduce student-athletes’ risk of brain injuries. However, a hidden danger lurks this time of year, and it can have an impact on the severity of a concussion or potentially “hide” a concussion.
In the peak of the summer and throughout the fall, heat is a problem for athletes. When players begin having two practices a day at the start of fall season sports, the risks increase exponentially. The issue is that the result of not hydrating and resting between practices can result in symptoms similar to that of a concussion making it difficult to differentiate between the two.