4 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Concussions
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”.
- 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.
- Signs and symptoms do not necessarily show up immediately. In some instances, symptoms may not begin until several hours to days following an injury.
- 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%).
- 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.
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- 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.