Concussion in Sports: Does It Leave Long-Term Adverse Effects?

Concussions are a common type of sports injury. It can be a result of a blow to the head or hitting the head after a fall. Although most people recover from its adverse effects, for some people, concussion can leave long-term discomfort that can affect their performance and everyday activities.

What is Concussion?

Concussion is an injury to the brain that results to temporary loss of normal brain function. It occurs after a blow or other injury to the head. A concussion is common in sports activities as well as in falls or car accidents.

Jarring, or a bid movement of the brain can lead to loss of alertness or unconsciousness. The duration of unconscious state may indicate how severe the concussion is. However, concussions do not always result in loss of consciousness. In most cases, people never pass out from it. But they experience seeing all white, all black, or stars. A person can also have a concussion without knowing it.

Symptoms of a concussion may not start immediately. They may occur days or weeks after the injury. A person with concussion may experience headache or neck pain. There can also be nausea, ringing in ears, dizziness, or tiredness.

What are the Long-Term Adverse Effects of Concussion?

Evidence says that if you have another brain injury when you have not recovered from a concussion can prolong recovery and possibly result in long-term deficits. This kind of injury can affect memory, balance, sleep, and mood. It can also entail chronic headaches.

A study showed that multiple concussions were associated with poorer performance in terms of delayed memory and executive functioning. A progressive degenerative disease of the brain called chronic traumatic encephalopathy appears to have a link with a history of repetitive trauma. It results in memory loss, confusion, depression, aggression, impulse control issues, impaired judgment, and progressive dementia. Sports commonly associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy are football, boxing, and hockey. Its symptoms may occur years after the brain trauma ends.

How Physiotherapy Helps

Usually, a physiotherapist addresses concussion initially on the vestibular system. Vestibular system involves the inner ear and its connections with the brain. Its plays a main role of sensing head movement, keeping your eyes focused while your head is moving, and helping in keeping you balanced.

Resolving neck problems, which include tightness, soreness, and pain with soft tissue management and strengthening will help reduce headache.

As symptoms improve, your physiotherapist will assist you in resuming your physical activity gradually, so as not to overload your brain and nervous system which have been compromised by concussion.

Following recommendations of your physiotherapist can help you achieve best recovery result in the shortest amount of time. Most people recover well from a concussion, but it is important to take a simple head bump seriously because you will never know what damages it can lead to.

The best way to avoid the effects of concussion is to prevent it. Consult any of our Perth physiotherapists for exercises that can help strengthen your body and keep it in control to reduce the occurrence of concussion.
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