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7 Myths about Concussions

 

Myth 1:   If you didn’t lose consciousness, you did not have a concussion.

Fact:   Only 10-20% of concussions have loss of consciousness.


Myth 2: MRI, CT scan or other brain imaging will diagnose concussion.

Fact: MRI and CT are not sensitive enough to diagnose concussions, as they will look at brain structure, and concussion affects brain function, such as metabolic changes.


Myth 3: You need to hit your head to sustain a concussion.

Fact: Concussion happens from acceleration and deceleration of head; and can happen from falls or whiplash (motor vehicle accidents), without direct impact to head.


Myth 4: Helmets prevent concussion.

Fact: Helmets protect head from skull fracture, but do little to prevent concussion.


Myth 5: Children recover more quickly than adults from concussion.

Fact: It actually takes children and adolescents longer to recover from brain injury due to the developing brain.


Myth 6: Someone with an acute concussion should be woken every couple of hours.

Fact: Sleep is important for a healing brain, as long as a doctor has ruled out acute bleeding in brain.


Myth 7: Play through the pain.

Fact: Any symptoms related to concussion are a sign to take it easy. Brains need rest to recover, especially initially. Physical or mental activity can delay recovery. Also coordination and judgment may be altered, and make an athlete susceptible to another injury such as “second-impact syndrome” (SIS). SIS will happen if a second concussion happens, before full recovery from the first concussion. SIS will cause death 50% of time, and permanent disability over 80% of time.

 

References:

Brady, D. & Brady, F. (2011). Sport-related concussions: Myths and facts. Communique Handout. 39(8). 1-7. Retrieved from //http:www.nasponline.org

Stone, P. (2013). Debunking the most common myths about concussions. Retrieved from //http:www.traumaticbraininjury.net

University of Kansas Hospital. (2016). Myths vs. Facts. Retrieved from //http:www.kumed.com