Concussions: Get the Facts
April 24, 2013
I just attended a free informational presentation on concussions at a local hospital. With the amount of publicity concussions have gotten in the news lately, due to the number of former and current NFL players committing acts now attributed to brain injuries acquired during their playing days, I was curious about the latest findings and research on the subject.
Actually, "concussion" is the term for the force exerted on the body/head, and "Traumatic Brain Injury" (TBI) is the term for the actual damage done due to the force. This kind of injury can and does occur in a wide variety of activities and sports.
We think of it as an injury to football players, soccer players, and lacrosse players, but TBI can be seen in dancers, those using trampolines, or BMX/Motocross participants. Actually, any time the head/neck is moved in a rapid, violent manner, a TBI can occur.
The signs of TBI are varied and no longer classified on a grading scale. Some people may suffer a severe injury, yet exhibit almost none of the classic signs. Yet another person may be knocked out and have a very mild injury. For this reason, caution should be taken whenever a TBI is a possibility. A doctor specializing in TBI should be consulted before resuming activity.
Another tool in the diagnosis and treatment of TBI is to establish a baseline for each "athlete." This is being done in many of our local schools with the school team participants, but it is recommended that parents/participants seek this baseline testing before an at-risk activity is undertaken. Contact a doctor, the local hospital, or even the athletic trainer/coach at your local high school for more information on where to go to get this testing done.
Here's a list of good resources for more information:
It is my hope that this information is useful to some, and all will see that the free presentations offered by the hospitals and community centers are well worth looking into. Keep informed for your health and the health of those you love.
Lone Jack Branch