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”.