Playing sports is a great way to maintain weight loss and manage stress, but winter sports
do come with certain risks. During National Winter Sports TBI Awareness
Month this January, the bariatric surgery team at The JFK Bariatric Institute
encourages our patients to take all necessary safety precautions. Athletes
can sustain various injuries during winter sports that can land them in
the emergency room. including traumatic brain injuries.
How TBIs Occur
A traumatic brain injury (TBI), also referred to as a concussion, occurs
as a result of
physical trauma to the head or body. Some TBIs involve penetrating wounds, but it’s more common
to sustain closed head injuries while playing sports. When the head or
body is struck with sufficient force, the brain can shift within the skull.
It sustains trauma when it strikes against the inner walls of the skull.
Which Problems TBIs Cause
TBIs can be mild to severe. Some people lose consciousness, while others
may appear dazed. A concussion can result in nausea, vomiting, dizziness,
confusion, and headache. It can cause sensory problems, including ringing
in the ears, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or sound, and changes
in the ability to detect odors.
How Sports Enthusiasts Can Protect Themselves
Basic precautionary measures can reduce your risk of sustaining a brain
injury. If you’re vacationing at a ski resort this year, wear an
appropriate helmet and only go on courses that match your skill level.
Do be aware of the warning signs of brain injuries and seek emergency
care if they develop after a blow to the head.
If exercise and diet are not helping you attain your weight loss goals,
you might want to seek out other options. To find out whether you might
be a good candidate for weight loss surgery in Atlantis, you can turn
to the team at
The JFK Bariatric Institute. Our surgeons are committed to upholding the highest standards of patient
safety while performing gastric bypass surgeries and gastric band surgeries.
Contact a registered nurse at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).