4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Concussions

July 28, 2016 Published by Leave your thoughts
Post Categories: Athletic Health CareNewsTherapy
By Dr. Kyla Nelson, DC & Acupuncture Provider

According to the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in 2012 a concussion is a “brain injury and is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces”.

  1. Contrary to popular belief someone does NOT have to experience loss of consciousness to experience a concussion. Statistics show that less then 20% of concussions are actually accompanied by loss of consciousness.
  1. Signs and symptoms do not necessarily show up immediately. In some instances, symptoms may not begin until several hours to days following an injury.
  1. Symptoms may be physical, emotional/behavioural or cognitive. The most commonly reported symptoms relating to concussion are headaches (94.3%), dizziness/unsteadiness (75.5%), difficulty concentrating (53.9%), confusion/disorientation (44.0%), visual disturbance/sensitivity to light (34.4%).
  1. Approximately 80-90% of concussions will resolve in 7-10 days, however it should be noted that children and adolescents might experience longer recovery times.

Holland Landing Health Centre offers a baseline concussion-testing program to teams and individual athletes in the East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and Aurora regions. For more information pertaining to baseline concussion testing or concussions please contact the clinic via e-mail at [email protected] or 905-853-7900.

References
  • Marshall, Cameron M. “Sports-related concussion: a narrative review of the literature.” The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association4 (2012): 299.
  • McCrory P, Meeuwisse WH, Aubry M, Cantu B, Dvořák J, Echemendia RJ et al.  Consensus statement on concussion in sport: the 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport held in Zurich, November 2012.  Br J Sports Med.  2013; 47: 250-8.
  • https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/schools/tbi_factsheets_parents-508-a.pdf