MEET ALEXIS CESPEDES:
Competitive cyclist Alexis Cespedes survived a near fatal collision with another rider during a race just one month ago.
“I crashed on the first lap, hit the ground pretty hard. I was airlifted to the nearest trauma center,” says Alexis.
Alexis suffered a concussion and several broken bones. He soon met with Abraham Chileuitt, M.D., a sports neurologist at UHealth.
“A concussion, basically, is a disruption in the normal physiology of the brain, secondary to a trauma,” Dr. Chileuitt says.
And while headaches can be the main symptom of a concussion, Dr. Chileuitt says, there are other signs to watch out for.
“Dizziness, imbalance, mental fog, confusion, nausea, being irritable or emotional are very typical,” says Dr. Chileuitt.
He says every brain injury is different and that’s why each patient at UHealth’s Concussion Clinic receives personalized treatment by a team of specialists.
“Psychology is heavily involved, and people that have problems with their thought processes, we have neuropsychologists and staff that are specialized in traumatic brain injury,” Dr. Chileuitt explains.
Alexis says he wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for his helmet.
“It was pretty scary. I mean, the helmet, I have it right here, saved my life,” says Alexis.
As soon as the UHealth team gives him clearance, Alexis plans to ride again, but with a life-saving message to everyone.
“Always wear a helmet,” Alexis says.
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