Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), is a common injury that can be caused by a blow to the head or by a sudden jolt or shake to the head and body. While concussions are generally considered to be mild injuries, they can still have serious consequences if they are not properly managed. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding concussion that can lead to misunderstandings about the nature and management of this injury. Here are a few common concussion myths that we often hear:
Myth 1: Concussions only occur in high-impact sports
While concussions are more common in high-impact sports, they can also occur in other settings, such as car accidents, falls, and physical altercations. It is important to be aware of the potential for concussion in any situation that involves a blow to the head or a sudden jolt or shake to the head and body.
Myth 2: Concussions always involve a loss of consciousness
Contrary to popular belief, not all concussions involve a loss of consciousness. In fact, most concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. It is important to be aware of other concussion symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, confusion, and difficulty with balance and coordination, and to seek medical attention if these symptoms are present.
Myth 3: Concussions only occur in adults
Concussions can occur at any age, and children and adolescents are at higher risk for concussion due to their still-developing brains. It is important for parents, coaches, and other caregivers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion and to take appropriate action if a concussion is suspected.
Myth 4: Concussions only need to be treated if symptoms are severe
Let's first just talk on the terminology used here. A concussion by definition is also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Therefore a severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI) is not a concussion, it's a severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI). With that being said I understand that most people utilize the term concussion and traumatic brain injury synonymously. So while it is true that severe traumatic brain injury symptoms may require more intensive treatment, it is important to seek medical attention for any suspected brain injury, even if symptoms are mild. This is because symptoms can sometimes take time to develop, and it is important to monitor for changes in symptoms and to seek appropriate medical care as needed.
Myth 5: Once concussion symptoms resolve, the injury has fully healed
Concussion symptoms can resolve relatively quickly, but the injury itself can take longer to heal. It is important to follow the recommended treatment plan and to allow enough time for the brain to heal before returning to activities that could potentially lead to another concussion. We are actively working on creating a online masterclass on what to do once you have sustained a brain injury. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated and be notified as soon as the course is available.
Overall, it is important to be aware of the facts about concussion and to seek appropriate medical care if a concussion is suspected. By debunking myths and misconceptions about concussion, we can better understand and manage this common injury.