Concussions most often are a result of a sports-related head collision.
More than 300,000 sports-related head injuries are
reported annually. But did you know not all concussions involve the loss of consciousness?
In fact, most people who’ve suffered a concussion do not lose consciousness
at all. According to the
American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), it is the alteration of mental status resulting from a mechanical
force of trauma.
The mild trauma does, however, affect short term memory. AANS noted that
people with concussions often forget what happened right before or after
the trauma. So what does that mean for someone in the long run?
Here’s what you should know about concussions:
- Concussions are classified as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which are
normally acute events that are similar to other injuries
- Concussions most commonly occur among those who participate in contact
sports such as: football, boxing or wrestling
According to the
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), females who participate in sports are more likely to have a concussion
- Concussions can lead to post-concussion syndrome, which is characterized
by headaches and dizziness that can last up to weeks or months long
- Concussions can be treated with rest and minimizing stress
Mayo Clinic, concussions can last up to 10 days
Although concussions can be minor in injury, there are ways to prevent
a more severe trauma.
Prevention tips include:
- Wearing the proper head gear in sports-related activities – especially
in contact sports
- Know and abide by all the rules of the sports game
- Always wear a seat belt when in a motor vehicle
- Always wear a helmet when on a bicycle, motorcycle and other similar vehicles
Many may underestimate the tools for concussion prevention. Make sure you’re
aware of your surrounding and taking necessary precaution to prevent a
traumatic brain injury as they can lead to long-lasting side effects.
Dr. Richard S. Lee is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine conditions.
Dr. Lee practices out Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Irvine. In his
spare time, Dr. Lee enjoys running and cycling.