As we illustrated in a previous blog post, our understanding and treatment of concussions has changed quite a bit over the past years. Despite the increase of attention paid and research conducted, there are still many myths and misconceptions commonly held by the public. Review these three common myths about concussions so you can better understand your situation should you suffer one yourself.
3 Common Myths About Concussions
Only Contact Sport Athletes Get Concussions
Because concussions are caused by blows to the head or blows to the body resulting in violent or rapid brain movement, contact sport athletes, such as football and hockey players, are certainly more likely to experience concussion injuries. Other athletes, however, should not ignore the risk. Concussion injuries are known to occur in many limited contact and non-contact sports, such as volleyball, cheerleading, and baseball.
Concussion Symptoms Only Appear Immediately After Injury
Although it is most common for concussion symptoms to surface directly after the injury, it should never simply be assumed that the person is okay. It can take days or even weeks for symptoms to become observable to others or recognizable to the person him or herself. If you suspect that you or a friend or loved one is suffering from a concussion, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Every Concussion Is The Same
Although concussions can share common characteristics, such as causing headache, confusion, and an inability to recall the actual injury, no two concussions are the same. How a person experiences a concussion will depend on a variety of factors, including the location of the injury, his or her concussion history, and many more. Additionally, concussions do not always present themselves with common symptoms.
Keep these myths in mind as you continue with your active lifestyle, and don’t hesitate to contact NeuraPerformance Brain Center for your concussion recovery. Our varied technologies include the Dynavision D2™, which we use to help our athletic clients with coordination and concussion management. To get in touch with us, please call or fill out our online contact form.