Concussion research and treatment have expanded exponentially in the last few years. With so much new information coming out, it’s hard to decide what information you can trust. Let’s talk about a few common concussion myths and the truth around them.
You’re stuck with permanent impairments after concussion. While it IS a very serious brain injury, research has shown that it’s treatable. The most important thing to keep in mind here: if you get a head injury, seek a trained healthcare provider. The main reason that they can cause lasting damage is that people with a head injury don’t seek treatment. In fact, with targeted treatment and rehabilitation, you can feel 100% back to normal, usually within 3 weeks of the injury.
The best treatment for concussion is rest. This concussion myth has been proven wrong time and time again. In 2016, brain injury experts from around the world got together to create a consensus statement on concussion. One of the main agreements that came out of that meeting was that prolonged rest after concussion is dangerous. They agreed that a brief period of rest, about 24-48 hours, was all that was needed. After that initial couple of days, a gradual return to activity helps patients get healthy quickly and safely.
You have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. In the past, loss of consciousness was one of the main things coaches and sideline personnel looked for as a warning sign of concussion. While loss of consciousness is a possible sign, it’s certainly not the only one. In fact, more than 90% of diagnosed concussions occur without a loss of consciousness. It’s very important for sideline professionals to know the less obvious signs, like confusion and dizziness.
There you have it – three of the most common concussion myths, debunked. Have questions? Check out BaselineTesting.com and reach out to us on the contact form if your questions aren’t answered there.
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