The issue of concussion is one that affects a wide variety of sports across all levels, from amateur games right up to elite athletes. Quite rightly it is a topic that has received greater attention in recent times as coaches, athletes and medical staff work to ensure that athletes get back into action as quickly as possible without compromising their health.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. The brain moves inside the skull, and if the force is great enough the brain can move so that it strikes the skull causing potential bruising and cell damage.
Although concussions are usually caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it.
Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport, such as football. But every concussion injures your brain to some extent. This injury needs time and rest to heal properly. Most concussive traumatic brain injuries are mild, and people usually recover fully.