With the increased focus on concussion and other brain injuries in the media, parents of student athletes have access to more information than ever. That’s important, since concussion is among the most common types of injuries suffered by young athletes. It’s also overall the most common form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in this country regardless of age or occupation.
However, as Brain Injury Awareness Month comes to an end, it’s worth noting that there are still a number of dangerous myths about concussion. Let’s look at a few, along with the facts.
Myth: If you suffer a concussion, you lose consciousness.
This is true for only about 10 percent of people who suffer concussions. They may experience a variety of physical, psychological and cognitive symptoms, however.
Myth: Protective gear like helmets can prevent a concussion.
While it’s essential to wear the proper safety gear when playing a sport or engaging in other activities where you’re at risk of a head injury, there’s no guarantee that it will prevent a concussion.
Myth: Concussions are caused only by a blow to the head.
Any serious blow to the body can cause a concussion. So can any event, like a car crash, in which the head and brain are shaken.
It’s important to remember that the symptoms of a concussion don’t necessarily develop immediately. Further, symptoms can vary by individual. That’s why it’s important to see a medical professional if you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered a concussion. Quick and appropriate treatment can help the long-term healing process.
If someone, such as a negligent or reckless driver, was responsible for the injury, it’s wise to explore your options for seeking the compensation you need and deserve for that treatment as well as ongoing care.