10 Facts You Need to Know About Concussion
Concussions occur in all sports with the highest incidence rate in American football, hockey, rugby, soccer, and basketball. In addition to concussions caused by a single severe impact, multiple minor impacts may also cause brain injury.
This is why concussion is said to be a significant problem, whether it is received through a high impact sport, a car crash, or other means. Difficult in detection and proper management, concussion has proven to have high human and financial cost.
This is why we’ve put together a list of 10 important facts you need to know about concussion which might also help you detect whether you’ve been concussed:
1. In certain severe concussions, symptoms can linger for weeks or even months, due to a complication called post-concussion syndrome.
2. Most cases of traumatic brain injury are concussions.
3. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck.
4. Soccer is the most common sport with concussion risk for females (50% chance for concussion).
5. A professional football player will receive an estimated 900 to 1500 blows to the head during a season.
6. Fewer than 10% of sport related concussions involve a Loss of Consciousness (e.g., blacking out, seeing stars, etc.) making concussions harder to detect and diagnose.
7. 78% of concussions occur during games (as opposed to practices).
8. Headache (85%) and Dizziness (70-80%) are most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions for injured athletes.
9. Headache (85%) and Dizziness (70-80%) are most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions for injured athletes.
10. It is also estimated that 53% of high school athletes have sustained a concussion before participation in high school sports, and 36% of collegiate athletes have a history of multiple concussions.
If you suspect that you have been concussed, you should seek medical help immediately. The optimal option is to go through a balance assessment when you are healthy and if a concussion is suspected at any point you should go back for a reassessment that will clearly show differences in your biomechanics.