When you are on the move and need to quickly refer to important facts about concussion, look no further. Scan through the following points and get yourself up to speed.
- Concussion can occur in traditional contact sports and sports such as basketball, netball, horse riding, skiing and hockey.
- 90% of concussions occur in competitive matches.
- Women are twice as likely to suffer concussion as men.
- Most concussions are not reported.
- Concussion may go undetected due to the subtlety and widespread occurrence of the typical signs and symptoms of concussion.
- Concussion symptoms can manifest immediately or hours and even days later.
- The risk of concussion is doubled if concussion has occurred within the previous 12 months.
- Children can be particularly vulnerable to second-impact syndrome (SIS) which can cause permanent brain damage and even death.
- Not all athletes develop the same symptoms or signs of concussion.
- Playing sport with concussion symptoms can cause long term brain problems.
- Balance testing is one of a series of concussion tests used on the sidelines or in medical rooms to diagnose concussion.
- The early onset of a concussion headache is most effectively treated with paracetamol painkillers.
- Avoid anti-inflammatories, especially within the first 72 hours, as they have been associated with rebound headaches and bleeding of the brain.
- Concussion symptoms in children can be worsened by going to school for a full day, attempting normal homework and tests.
- Limited use of computers, mobile phones and television is recommended when suffering from concussion.
- If suitably managed, typical concussion recovery time is approximately ten to 14 days.
- Between 10-15% of sports men and women require longer recovery times that may stretch into weeks and even months.
Do you need to know more about concussion? Contact The Sports Concussion Programme now.