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The Benefits of MRI Scans for Sports-Related Concussions

Feb 18, 2021 | Articles, MRI

Although sports are a great way for people to keep fit and active, there is always an off chance of getting hurt. Athletes are no strangers to accidents. People who practice sports of any kind may be in some level of danger of getting injured doing the thing they love. Some of the more serious types of accidents are bone fractures, spinal injuries and concussions, and other forms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 


What is a concussion?

Concussions are a form of traumatic injury to the brain. Even the most skilled athletes may have accidents that result in concussions. If they hit their head, there is a chance that their brain may get concussed. People who have concussions may suffer from dizziness, sensitivity to light, headaches, and confusion. Those are not all the possible signs but are some of the most common. Most of these symptoms fade away after a few days, however, more severe concussions may have symptoms that last for months or even years.


What should be done if an athlete is injured during a sporting event?

If an athlete gets into an accident in the middle of a game, they should be checked and cleared before they are allowed to continue. Medics will be able to determine if they will be fit to continue playing or if they have to sit the rest of the event out and get to a medical facility to get checked and obtain treatment. 

There are chances where the player may be allowed to return to the game, especially if the medical professional who checks on the status of the player will rule out any serious injury to the brain. However, their return to play should be gradual. They should not be allowed to jump back into the action right away. If the brain is not able to fully recover from the first concussion and another one occurs, the results could be devastating. 


Should brain imaging be done after a concussion?

Most athletes who suffer from brain trauma do not necessarily need to have any imaging procedures done. However, for more serious falls or accidents, or if there is suspected intracranial bleeding, an MRI scan will need to be done to get a full understanding of the extent of the damage to the brain.


Why MRI Is Useful

If the brain is suspected to have a severe injury or if the patient has prolonged symptoms, doing an MRI will be helpful. These scans may be able to offer insight as to abnormal brain function after a concussion.



Injuries are commonplace in the world of sports, however, the key is knowing how to handle the situation should it arise. If an athlete hits their head or takes a bad fall, it is important to rule out any traumatic brain injuries before having them continue playing. Keep in mind that time is of the essence when it comes to injuries to the brain. Getting the person to a diagnostic center for an MRI scan promptly will go a long way when it comes to making sure that the athlete gets the treatment they need.

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