Concussion Information (BLOMHA)

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What is a concussion?


What are the risks associated with concussion?
Research has established that the IMPROPER management of concussion, or more specifically, receiving a second concussion prior to full recovery of the first, can lead to long-term brain damage, severe brain injury and potentially even death.
The good news is that having one concussion has not yet been shown to produce any serious long-term effects across numerous studies. Multiple studies have also demonstrated that when a second concussion happens after the brain has fully recovered, there is little to no additive or cumulative effect.   

Therefore the concern surrounding concussion is significantly reduced provided these injuries are managed appropriately and ensuring full BRAIN recovery (NOT symptom recovery), prior to returning to sport!

Is there treatment for concussions?
Rest is important in the first few days following a concussion, however recent evidence demonstrates that prolonged rest can actually increase your chance of developing lingering symptoms. Although, there have been no studies that have shown the effectiveness of any medications for concussion, research has established that rehabilitation for your vision, balance system, cardiovascular system, and treatment on the neck may be more effective in reducing symptoms and significantly improving recovery time following concussion. For the best outcomes, ensure you are working with a health-care provider who is trained and experienced in the treatment and management of concussions.
Concussion FAQs and Myths
Do helmets and mouth guards prevent concussions?
- Unfortunately, there is no research to support ANY protective equipment available to reduce the risk or prevent concussions from occurring.
Do you need to lose consciousness to receive a concussion?
- No, 90% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness.
Can an MRI or other scans diagnose or determine recovery of a concussion?
- No. These scans look for structural damage in the brain. However, a concussion results in an energy deficit rather than structural damage.
Can you return to sport when you no longer have symptoms?
- No. Symptoms typically resolve in 7 – 10 days, however the metabolic recovery (the actual recovery of the brain) of a concussion can take much longer. 


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