knowing the facts coULD save YoUR athLete’s Life. Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can prevent further injury or even death. Here are five of the most common myths about concussion…and the facts
that will help you identify and treat this serious injury.
Myth: No KO, no concussion.
fact: With most concussions the person is not knocked out or uncon-
scious. In fact, a concussion where the person is not “KO” can, in some
instances, lead to worse symptoms.
Myth: “Shake it off” worked in my day.
fact: A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. While the injury is
immediate, symptoms vary widely, may not show up until hours or days
later, and they range from subtle to obvious, including:
■ Nausea or vomiting
■ Dizziness or balance problems
■ Double or blurry vision
■ Sensitivity to light and/or noise
■ Feeling dazed or stunned
■ Trouble concentrating or remembering
■ Confused or forgetful about recent events
■ Slow to answer questions
■ Changes in mood—irritable, sad, emotional, nervous
■ Sleeping more or less than usual
Myth: Take the weekend off. Get back to practice on Monday.
fact: Not all concussions can be prevented, but learning safe playing
fact: Symptoms of a concussion usually resolve in 7 to 10 days, but
some athletes may take weeks or months to fully recover. To help the
brain heal, the student-athlete should avoid participating in sports, driving
or working, and minimize demanding cognitive tasks. Ask your school to
work with you to make suitable arrangements.
Myth: Athletes know when he or she is ready to return to play.
fact: Athletes may feel better and want to return to play before their
brain has completely recovered. It is important not return to play until a
concussion specialist says it is okay, and then to implement a progres-
sive, individualized plan for safely returning to play.
Myth: In sports, there’s no way to prevent concussions.
techniques can be helpful. Most importantly, every athlete, parent and
coach needs to know never to ignore a head injury, no matter how minor.
Most athletes can safely return to play after a concussion, but must
recover at their own rate.
The Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth is the first
facility of its kind in the Southeast, and its experts help athletes return to
the field as quickly, and as safely, as possible.
Learn more about concussions and how to protect your athletes. Down-
load a guide to concussion care at gwinnettsportsmed.com/resources or
call 678-312-7880 for an appointment.
the facts from the
Concussion Institute at
gwinnett medical center-Duluth