What's Going Around: Concussions

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) With fall sports in full swing, doctors are starting to see more patients with concussions.

Doctor Dennis Perry at McLaren Greater Lansing Primary Care tells us symptoms include headaches, clumsiness or slurred speech, memory loss, ringing in the ears and nausea or vomiting.

More than 90% of sports-related concussions do not cause the patient to lose consciousness. Those are considered Grade 1 or Grade 2. Patients can resume normal activities after the symptoms are gone.

A Grade 3 concussion includes loss of consciousness and requires immediate medical attention. Doctors should clear patients before they resume activities.

You can limit your risk of a concussion by wearing proper protective equipment for your sport. That includes a mouth guard.

Sports aren't the only cause of concussions. Kids age nine and younger are most likely to get one on the playground or while riding a bike.