When bumping your head gets serious

concussion

It is no secret that many athletes have ended up with concussions, especially the hands on sports such as football, rugby, lacrosse, etc. Although not just sports are the reason behind having something like this happen, it can happen for various reasons.  For those of you not sure of what a concussion, a concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head, or a violent shaking of the head and body.  No matter the reason the person has the concussion, a concussion is a serious injury that can be life threatening if not handled correctly. There was a movie out this recent year called “Concussion” starring Will Smith and it basically was about how athletes in the sport of football have suffered from head injuries and how the corporation did not see a problem with the situation and did nothing about it for awhile, but I guess Will Smith decided he would find a way to make a difference in the system so that concussions would be taken more seriously in the industry. I have yet to see the movie, but based on what others have told me and what I have read on it, that was my take on it. However if you are someone who has watched the movie, feel free to share more information.

 

The reason I believe concussions become an “ignored” issue with certain industries (although I am not sure it isn’t taken seriously these days), is because we assume that when people are athletes they know the possibly of injury and so it is considered “norm” to have suffered something, especially in the game of football. We all know that injury is bound to happen when you play any sport, some athletes are luckier than others and have had little no injuries and others have had an abundance that have cost them their career. 

 

We also know as people in general, we can get injured just walking down the sidewalk, it doesn’t take much for us to get hurt when we are constantly living life.  Most of us don’t think of the possibilities that could happen just going for a stroll at the nearby park or driving to work; because the likeliness seems slim to none of something going horribly wrong.  Children are at high risk of having head injuries because of horseplay or falling downstairs or riding their bicycle, so when we put this injury into perspective, anyone can get a concussion.  Hopefully none of my readers have had a loved one suffer from a concussion or themselves, but I do believe in knowing what to look for and knowing how to handle this injury is very important in case you are ever put into a situation where you believe someone close to you has one. 

 

For starter the signs and symptoms of a concussion don’t always show immediately and may take time before you realize anything, so keep this in mind as you read through this information.  Obviously it would go without saying to call 911 immediately and try to be as calm as possible in a situation like this, so that you can think things through and speak with the operator.  

 

Signs/Symptoms:

 
  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head. 
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration or memory complaints
  • irritability and personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances 
  • Depression & psychological adjustment issues
  • Disorders in taste & smell
  • seizures

There are many other signs/symptoms that I may not have mentioned, so do not base everything off this list but do take it in consideration when necessary. 

Signs/Symptoms for children (nonverbal):

  • Appearing dazed
  • Tiring easy & listlessness 
  • Irritability and crankiness
  • Loss of balance & unsteady walking
  • Crying excessively
  • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys

Again this list does not mention all the signs and symptoms, and children can have some of the same signs/symptoms as adults, it is said to take yourself and/or child to the hospital within 1 to 2 days of an incident, although knowing myself, I would do it right away no matter to cover all ends. 

Risk Factors: 

  • Participating in a high risk sport
  • Being involved in a motor vehicle accident
  • Being involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident
  • Soldiers involved in combat
  • Being a victim of physical abuse
  • Falling
  • Having a bad previous concussion

These are just a few risk factors that higher a person’s chances of having a concussion, although there are other ways, so I recommend you do more research if necessary. 

Complications that can come of a concussion: 

  • Epilepsy 
  • Cumulative multiple brain injuries
  • Post concussion syndrome
  • Post traumatic headaches
  • Post traumatic vertigo
  • “Second impact” syndrome – experiencing a second concussion before signs/symptoms of the first concussion resolve

I am not a medical doctor of any sorts, so I would highly recommend speaking with a professional if you have further questions or concerns. Thank you. Most concussions can be prevented through using proper safety equipment and attire, BUT not all will be preventive, just take precautions if possible. 

Important reminder when handling someone with a concussion: 

  1. Assess for physical symptoms/signs
  2. Assess for bleeding
  3. Assess for cognitive symptoms
  4. Assess consciousness
  5. Mind concussion can be treated with ice and Tylenol (do not use Ibuprofen and aspirin because it can cause bruising and bleeding)
  6. Ask the victim questions
  7. Stay with the victim
  8. Avoid strenuous activity after a concussion
  9. Don’t allow them to drive after a concussion
  10. Have them rest mentally and physically
Your fitness blogger, 
Shay-lon xoxo
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6 thoughts on “When bumping your head gets serious

  1. Great post on concussions and bringing attention to them. I think another reason why no one really pays attention is because they’re hidden. Any other injuries leave marks that are easy to see but a concussion is bruise to your brain. No one is going to see that. I had a mild one last year and it took two months before the doctor cleared me to begin getting back to normal. I have a friend that has been dealing with one for almost a year and is still fighting it. They are scary!

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    1. Ooo very good point, thank you for adding that tidbit. I am sorry about your friend, ugh. That seems like a nightmare. I hope your friend heals soon. I have never experience a concussion, thankfully but with all the stories surrounding them.. I don’t think it is any less important than an ACL tear.
      Thankfully you have healed properly from your concussion.

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  2. This is a great post on concussion, thanks for sharing all the info. Concussions can happen to anyone, at any time. I have suffered multiple concussions myself and have gone through the medical wringer!

    Another good point is that if you have any history of concussion, not only are you at greater risk for sustaining another, worse concussion the next time you hit your head (or get jolted, get whiplash, fall hard on your rear end, etc.) but that you should immediately report to your family doctor or ER (especially with vomiting, no, 100% with vomiting, from all the doctors I’ve ever had to deal with’s mouths!) just to be sure. Brain injuries can be sneaky and they can impair your ability to fully grasp all your symptoms, so seeing a medical professional is always a good idea, in that case.

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    1. Hello,
      Thank you for stopping by my post and having a read on this particular post. I am happy you are pleased with it, especially being someone who has experienced it first hand. I tried to be specific but not boring in discussing the importance. I appreciate the fact that you added the tid bit to it as well, it is always welcome!

      Shay-lon

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  3. This was a great post. So for the question and have had post concussion syndrome for almost 2 years. It is a nightmare! Unfortunately I fell on ice in a public parking lot and to fight and get my bills paid has been a nightmare because it was snowing during the time I fell and I’ve been told I don’t have a leg to stand on. When no one can see in injury on the outside they can’t believe what you’re feeling or understand.

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    1. Thank you,
      I am sorry for your fight and your injury, I could not imagine, and I know others who have had concussions and you hear that things are never the same for them – at least not in their opinion. Ice sucks, this is one of those many reasons, I don’t like winter. I wishing you luck in the near future that your bill situation will be handled much better and you will get the proper help with them. Sometimes things take a long time, but hopefully your situation doesn’t last too much longer.

      Has having a concussion changed your life much? or do you still live it the same way?

      Shay-lon

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