Dr. Stephanie Wolman stresses importance of identifying, avoiding concussions

With fall sports on the horizon, many parents are preparing their children to participate, but experts say families must be aware of the dangers involved

Dr. Wolman specializes in pediatric eye care, special

Dr. Wolman specializes in pediatric eye care, special needs, traumatic brain injury and vision therapy. (Credit: News 12)

WHITE PLAINS - With fall sports on the horizon, many parents are preparing their children to participate, but experts say families must be aware of the dangers involved with contact sports.

The CDC says 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur every year, but children are at a greater risk for permanent consequences due to their still-developing brains.

Dr. Stephanie Wolman is a board-certified optometrist who specialties include traumatic brain injury.

Wolman says concussions generally occur in contact sports, such as football, due to frequent helmet-to-helmet impact. She also says she has seen many children with concussions from falling while playing hockey and falling off bicycles. 

Wolman goes on to say that any hard impact on one's head can lead to vision issues. Symptoms range from headache and fatigue to dizziness and blurred vision. A person does not have to lose consciousness for there to be an issue.

In more recent years, Wolman says there have been advances in identifying concussions in the sporting world. She says many football players get concussions without realizing it, but there are now ways to test mid-game so they can be pulled from the game if there is any danger.

Wolman says the No.1 treatment for a concussion is rest. She says to avoid school, work, computers and televisions while the brain recovers from the concussion.

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