Maybe it’s not just “a bump to your head”

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In a recent poll conducted by National Public Radio (NPR) one in four people have experienced a concussion. Almost 80% sought medical treatment and a significant number of people experienced lasting effects, with headaches being the most common, followed by problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. About a third of the respondents to the poll reported experiencing the concussion in sports.

Concussions are not something which you can simply shrug off and go on with your life. If you or a loved one experience a concussion get medical help right away and know what to watch for in terms of symptoms and possible complications. Once you’ve had a concussion be extra cautious as you are at risk for a second, and possibly more damaging, event. We hear of the effects of multiple concussions on athletes like football, hockey and soccer players, boxers, cheerleaders and almost all sports where physical contact is possible. Concussions occur in the home, at work and the community. Even a car accident in which you don’t actually hit your head can cause a concussion.

While most concussions fall into the category of  “Mild Brain Injury” or mTBI, that term can be misleading. There is nothing “Mild” about a “Mild Brain Injury”.

Click here to read the NPR poll.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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