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Can athletes contineue to play football with head pain and swelling?

Can athletes contineue to play football with head pain and swelling?

No: These are symptoms that may indicate concussion, bleeding inside the brain. Im not certain where the swelling is but this is not normal. Further athletic activity may worsen the problem. Athletes can be permanently injured or die when symptoms are ignored. Seek medical evaluation. I would also advise a second opinion if there is a team doctor who has given the ok to continue playing the sport. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What can I do to stop shoulder pain that i've had for 6 months but got worse 2 weeks ago (w/ headaches) when i fell on it/head while playing football?

What can I do to stop shoulder pain that i've had for 6 months but got worse 2 weeks ago (w/ headaches) when i fell on it/head while playing football?

Chronic pain: Hi Kylie, in order to help your shoulder to heal you should get a correct diagnosis. If your shoulder hurt after 6 months from the injury day that means you probably tore partially one of the ligaments or other anatomical structures and it can't heal on its own. I would recommend to see sports medicine doctor , get imaging and then treat it . And avoid activities that worsen your pain ...Read more

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I clashed heads playing football last saturday . The side of my head is really sore still and i still getting headaches should I get it checked ?

I clashed heads playing football last saturday . The side of my head is really sore still and i still getting headaches should I get it checked ?

Yes, Yes & Yes.: This is serious and you need neurological evaluation. Tell your coach that you have suffered a head injury. Never play with neurological symptoms. Do not return to the field until you have been medically cleared by a physician (i.e., a neurologist). ...Read more

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I sprained my knee on April 30th and I am progressing very well. No swelling, can walk on it/straighten/bend it. How long until I can play football?

I sprained my knee on April 30th and I am progressing very well. No swelling, can walk on it/straighten/bend it. How long until I can play football?

Soon: Knee sprain is a catch all term for a lot of knee injuries. Assuming the sprain is minor (Grade 1MCL strain), you can return to athletics when you are doing all of your athletic activities without pain or swelling. It is advisable to do a gradual return to play to test your knee out. If you progress through all activities pain free, it is usually safe to return to full participation. ...Read more

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I play football and the bottom of my foot was kicked i had instant bruising and swelling im walking better now after a week but still have a sharp pai?

I play football and the bottom of my foot was kicked i had instant bruising and swelling im walking better now after a week but still have a sharp pai?

It is entirely : Possible that there maybe a more severe injury such as plantar fascial tear. It would not be unusual to still have residual pain after a severe bruise. Since you express concern, a visit to he foot doc would help you confirm the extent of injury. ...Read more

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I play football and sometimes i get hit in the head and i end up seeing upside down for like 10 seconds. Is this bad?

I play football and sometimes i get hit in the head and i end up seeing upside down for like 10 seconds. Is this bad?

Concussion: Fullback, this is VERY serious. I'd urge you to consider some other sport that would keep you fit and happy without the very serious risk that even high school football presents. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more