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Concussions: 4 Things you should know about the Most Common Head Injury
Friday, February 23, 2018

Concussion is a type of traumatic head injury that is the most common with 4 to 5 million cases reported annually. However, it is also one of the least serious types that sometimes requires minimal to no treatment. Concussion is derived from a Latin word: concutere which means to shake violently. Concussions result from being struck or colliding with another person with a person significant enough to bounce the brain inside its cavity sometimes rubbing it against the skull walls.

Despite knowing basic details about concussions, most people are unaware of some of the most important things about it. This article aims to highlight a few.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Concussions come with a wide variety of symptoms. Although there might not be a physical injury that clearly indicate a concussion being caused and symptoms can continue to appear over a period of time and not necessarily develop at the time of injury. Also, the symptoms are not very clear and only a neurosurgeon can diagnose a concussion after radiological tests. Some common symptoms of concussions include dizziness, headaches, amnesia, vomiting or temporary loss of consciousness among others.

How worried should you be?

Concussions don’t usually translate to any troublesome disorders however; the true extent and scale can only be determined by a certified neurosurgeon. The same specialist might then be able to ascertain the answer to this question. Depending on the severity of the injury, doctors advise on the proper line of action that a patient needs to take. Most concussions are easily treated with medications and rest.

What are the sports that are the most common causes of concussion?

The National Football League of America, in its recently released reports, revealed a 13.5% increase in cases of concussions over the previous year. Unsurprisingly, football is one of the sports with the highest reported risks of concussions. Other sports include bicycling, boxing, soccer and basketball. Concussions are not however, limited to these sports or even sports for that matter. Normal falls from a considerable height can also cause concussions in athletes and individuals.

How can concussions be prevented?

There are numerous ways in which a concussion can be prevented. It is important to note that most concussions usually happen by accident are cannot be prevented therefore. Some precautions that you can take include:
  • Wear protective gear: Helmets and mouth guards, though not entirely effective, can make a great difference in preventing a potential concussion by limiting the magnitude of force that is transferred to the head as a result of a collision.
  • Use seat belts: In order to contain violent head movements during car crashes.
  • Educate yourself and others: One of the most important facts to realize is that you and your loved ones should be informed about the causes and symptoms of concussions as well as the necessary first aid requirements for handling a person that suffered such an injury. 
Concussions might not be very serious usually but at times they can lead to other disorders. If you witness any symptoms of a concussion, consult a neurosurgeon immediately.

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