What Athletes Should Know About Concussions

Most athletes know the importance of maintaining their health and preventing injuries. However, it can be difficult to tell when an injury requires a trip to the doctor or just some extra rest.

Concussions are one type of injury that can be difficult to identify and even more difficult to recover from. They are a type of brain injury that can occur after a blow to the head or body, causing the brain to shake inside the skull. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including confusion, headache, nausea, memory loss, and many other potential problems.

If you think you or someone you know may have a concussion, it is important to seek medical attention right away.

Here are some common questions about concussions that you may have been wondering about as an athlete:

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Symptoms of a concussion can include headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sensitivity to light or noise, problems with memory or concentration, irritability, anxiety, and depression. As you can see, concussion symptoms can present as both physical and mental/emotional in nature.

What is the difference between a concussion and a brain injury?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, resulting in a change in the way the brain functions. A brain injury is any damage to the brain that causes changes in the way a person thinks, feels, or acts.

What are the long-term effects of a concussion?

While most people will recover from a concussion within a few weeks with proper medical treatment and concussion care, some people may experience persistent symptoms. These can include problems with thinking (cognitive difficulties), physical symptoms (such as headache and dizziness), and emotional/mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression, and irritability). If you are experiencing any of these problems after a concussion, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible.

How can I prevent a concussion?

There is no guaranteed way to prevent a concussion, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. These include things like wearing appropriate safety gear when participating in activities that carry a risk of head injury (such as football, hockey, and skiing).

For professional athletes, following the concussion protocol set forth by your sport’s governing body is also important. This typically includes being removed from play if a concussion is suspected, and not returning to play until cleared by a medical professional.

What is the difference between a mild, moderate, and severe concussion?

Mild, moderate, and severe concussions all involve some degree of brain injury. A mild concussion is the least serious type of concussion and usually results in no loss of consciousness. A moderate concussion may cause you to lose consciousness for a brief period of time, while a severe concussion can cause you to lose consciousness for a prolonged period of time.

How long does it usually take to recover from a concussion?

It usually takes people with a concussion 7-10 days to recover. However, some people may experience symptoms for weeks or even months after the initial injury. Post-concussion care and treatment can help speed up the recovery process, manage symptoms, and gradually return the individual to their pre-injury activity level.

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

If you think you have a concussion, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Concussions can become more serious if they are not treated properly.

Concussion Care in Victoria, BC

Continuum Health Centre’s concussion care management focuses on managing specific symptoms and providing timely intervention to prevent longer-term difficulties and facilitate a full recovery. Concussion care at Continuum is facilitated by experienced practitioners and coaches, emphasizing a holistic, rehabilitative approach.

For more information about concussion care or to book an appointment, please call us at 1 (778) 433-7737.