Concussion Facts and Misconceptions
There are many misconceptions when it comes to sports-related concussions and concussion education. In order to properly diagnose and treat a concussion, you must be properly educated. Below are several common misconceptions and facts that will give you the necessary tools to determine what steps you need to take when an athlete has a concussion.
Brain injuries in kids are not as serious as in adults.
- Fact: The child's developing brain may actually be less able to tolerate an injury than the adult brain. Because a child's brain is not fully developed, concussions can cause long term problems.
Concussion is less common in kids than adults in sport.
- Fact: Concussions in youth may be 10- 20 times more prevalent than in adults.
After a concussion the best thing for the athlete to do is "sleep it off".
- Fact: For the first night after the concussion, it's suggested that someone wake the athlete every two hours to check on them. If they are confused or harder to wake than usual, seek immediate medical attention.
- Having one concussion increases your chances of having another
- Symptoms of a concussion can last hours, days, weeks, months or indefinitely
- Concussions can cause disability affecting school, work and social life
- There are over 1 million concussions in high school sports each year
- 53% of concussions go unreported or undiagnosed
- Returning to contact or collision sports before you have completely recovered from a concussion may lead to more serious or long term problems
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
- Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help aid recovery and prevent further injury or even death