Have you ever passed out or forgot where you were immediately after hitting your head? Chances are that these are not just symptoms of a fun night out but of a possible concussion. A concussion is a brain injury from the skull and brain shaking back and forth rapidly. This type of head injury can be caused by any bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Although concussions are generally not life-threatening, they can lead to a series of health complications and problems later down the road.
People who are the most prone to concussions are athletes. More specifically athletes involved in high contact sports such as football or rugby. But even though athletes are the most prone there are multiple ways to get a concussion that are not sports related. For example, head injuries can result from a serious car crash or accidentally tripping and falling. Symptoms of a concussion can also vary in seriousness. They can range from a persistent head ache to passing out and having amnesia. Like the varying symptoms, the recovery period can vary as well. Some people could recover from a concussion within hours while others could take weeks.
Prevention in Sports
There are many ways in which to prevent dangerous head injuries and protect yourself from health complications. For instance, wearing appropriate equipment that fits properly is the number one way to prevent head trauma in sports. If your sport requires a helmet, it is important that it fits your head properly and it is not too loose. There should also be regulations on the type of helmet you wear. A shock absorbent and durable helmet is a better preventative of serious head injuries than a soft and flimsy helmet.
Another important way to prevent head injuries is to follow the rules and safety precautions of the sport. For example, if a whistle blows the game should stop accordingly or else someone will get hurt. Also, if there are safety rules in place, such as players should not hit other players in the face, players should abide by that rule. The rule was made to specifically prevent head injuries.
Prevention in Motor Vehicles
It can be very hard to predict a car crash but there are ways to prevent serious injury in case of one. Seat belts should always be worn when driving and airbags should always be ready to deploy when necessary. In addition, make sure the driver is not under the influence and that helmets are worn when riding a motor cycle.
Prevention for Children
Not only is it important for adults to not get it concussions, it is important that there are preventative measures for children as well. If your child is prone to falling or head injuries, the best thing to protect your children from injury is to have them wear head protectors. Soft and durable head protectors are great for children who are very active or small children with poor balance. The Skillbuilders® Head Protector is a great prevention tool for both children and adults with special needs. Its soft top protects both the front and the back of the head with shock absorbent material.
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For more information on concussions and how to prevent them, go to sportsconcussion.bianj.org.
Article written by William Graves.