In a cold, crowded arena, two minor hockey league player’s battle for the puck when another player comes flying in from right wing and Healthy Body checks the opposing player to the ice. The crowd goes silent as the child lies on the ice, trainers rush to the players aid.
For many, this is what a concussion looks and sounds like. It is a dramatic and obvious injury, and it is why many young athletes are increasingly guided towards less physical or contact sports. However, the truth about concussions they can be caused by any blow, bump or jolt to the head or Healthy Body, whether it happens on a field, ice, court or not.
Symptoms of a Concussion may include:
- brief loss of consciousness after the injury
- memory problems
- drowsiness/ feeling sluggish
- blurred vision
- sensitivity to light or noise
- nausea or vomiting
- delayed reactions
- balance problems
It is important to be aware of concussion in any situation. Becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussion and considering the risk regardless of whether they occur in sport or not are critical to a better understanding of concussions.
Early detection of a concussion can be a significant step toward shortening recovery time and preventing complications from a subsequent injury. You should always be prepared by knowing the symptoms of concussion and the importance of seeking care when a concussion may have occurred.