One of the biggest topics surrounding sports injuries is the long-term impact of concussions, especially on young student-athletes. The doctors at WakeMed explained, "A concussion can be a serious injury, but it is not a life sentence by any means." They stress that the right approach to treatment with a provider who understands the injury is key to a successful recovery. Heading into this sports season, it is important that our parents, coaches and student-athletes take the time to learn more about concussions, how they are diagnosed and the recovery process. For more information, read below from your community partner, WakeMed:
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or sudden jolt to the head or body. It is important to remember that it is a brain injury, and it must be treated carefully.
When a concussion occurs, the chemicals in the brain are impacted, leading to an ‘energy crisis’. when the brain isn’t getting enough energy, it attempts to compensate by “pulling” energy from other places. The location of these places often dictates what symptoms you may have.
Initial markers can range from brief confusion to loss of consciousness though it is important to recognize that you can still get a concussion even if you don’t get “knocked out”.
Another important falsehood about concussion is that it shows up on a CT scan. People are often surprised that they do not receive a CT scan when they go to their local emergency department with a possible concussion. Concussions cause such microscopic changes in the brain that most concussions do not show up on CT scan results. However, there are many other ways we can diagnose and then treat the injury.