Concussion Protocol. Why Concussion Mitigation Is Important.
A concussion is a brain injury caused by a jolt to the head or body that leads to a back-and-forth movement of the brain within the skull cavity. The bouncing or twisting action can cause damage to tissue and changes in brain chemistry. Concussions are often referred to as a “mild” brain injury, but this designation does not mean that there are no serious consequences to the injury. New information about concussions and how they can affect mental function later in life has made the issue of preventing head injuries more important than ever. You should know concussion protocol, and why concussion mitigation is important.
Preventing concussion is becoming increasingly more and more important as we are learning more about the short and long-term effects. They can absolutely occur in accidental situations such as car accidents or unpredictable slips and falls, but the majority of concussion patients we see are due to sports-related injuries.
Athletes should always be encouraged to do their best in a safe sports culture and environment:
- Protective equipment should be available and in good working order.
- Rules against excessive violence within the activity should be rigorously enforced to prevent unnecessary injuries.
- Head protection should be worn at all times during play.
- Any injury should be carefully recorded and medical treatment sought immediately to prevent further damage.
- Head injuries should receive medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if the player says he is fine and does not require treatment.
- Coaches should receive instructions from the physician about an athlete’s return to play after an injury.
- Athletes should be cleared by their physicians before beginning a sport and after any type of injury.
Neglecting to take proper precautions and measures to best protect your head can result in short-term effects, just as headache, dizziness and mood changes. Long-term, more serious effects, include memory problems, difficulty concentrating, depression and problems with impulse control. Neurological problems can affect movement, and dementia can occur. Additionally, young brains can be particularly susceptible to injury, making prevention of concussions of primary importance to athletes in their school years.
Concussions are serious injuries that require medical care and monitoring for after effects. Hopefully, BrainForest Centers will help to minimize the damage from these injuries and properly repair the brains of those affected so young people can continue to safely engage in the physical activities they enjoy so much.