What do I need to know if I get concussion while playing sports?
Hockey seasons are here, and unfortunately they have a high risk of concussions for the athletes involved. Concussions are mild brain injuries which can be caused either by whiplash or a direct blow to the head. You do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion! If you suspect you have a concussion you should consult a medical doctor for advice as soon as possible.
Although concussions are alarming, most resolve with a short time of activity decrease. Concussions in adults usually resolve in 7-10 days and youth in 4 weeks. Following a 24-48 hour period of physical and mental rest it is time to begin to slowly returning to activities, as long as they do not aggravate symptoms.
For athletes there is a strict return to play protocol to minimize the risk of repeat concussions – the minimum time for safe return to play is 7 days.
If concussion symptoms persist or you have questions about rehab options Summit Physiotherapy is here to help!