What is a Concussion?
It is an injury that results from a direct or indirect blow to the head, face or jaw causing an alteration of
brain function evident through a variety of related symptoms.
Managing a Concussion
especially when symptoms persist beyond the first few days. Consider seeking help from a
Rehabilitation Professional trained in Concussion Management under the following circumstances
Mental Health and Concussions
lasting months and in some cases years – impairing performance at work, school, preventing return to sport, and ultimately reducing quality of life.
Signs & symptoms of a Concussion
It is also possible that typical symptoms of a concussion only appear after a few days.
StopConcussions Foundation’s 4 Step Program.
StopConcussions was designed to educate players, administrators, physicians, coaches and officials on the cause, effects and consequences of concussions and neurotrauma injuries, not only in hockey but all sports. Brain and spinal cord injury result in life-changing consequences, and to date, no “standard of practice” has been implemented into the areas that have a higher frequency of serious injury such as hockey, football, rugby, and soccer.
Navigating concussion recovery can be an extremely challenging and isolating experience. As many as 20% of individuals who suffer a concussion will go on to experience persistent and potentially disabling symptoms lasting months and in some cases years – impairing performance at work, school, preventing return to sport, and ultimately reducing quality of life.
What’s more, 1 in 5 individuals may experience mental health symptoms that persist for months post-concussion. Challenges with depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance abuse are not uncommon and can pose a significant barrier to recovery when left untreated.
Today kids play several sports that overlap seasons so it is so important we have a plan for dealing with concussions. Parents need support from the entire organization from each sport to deal with concussions. With heightened awareness we now have to all be on the same page. No longer is it left up to the player and the parent to fend for themselves. We now need coaches, trainers and family doctors working with them and add a concussion expert to make sure all aspects from detection, diagnosis to management of this invisible injury is in place. Baseline testing and tools in the toolbox are needed to make sure we do all we can to reduce the incidences of concussions.
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Concussions in sport is a complex issue.
Concussed touches upon the key principles in helping us better understand the injury and how it affects our society today.
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StopConcussions is a non-profit company, that aims to bring players, parents, coaches and officials information on brain concussions and their consequences in contact sports.
This website is here to help educate and are not intended to replace medical care and/or professional supervision. There is no substitute for a competent neurologist, physician, health professional or clinician when it comes to diagnosing and managing concussions. What StopConcussions offers is an insight into the nature of a brain injury. It is a guide to help you understand the cause, effects and consequences of concussions as well as how you can help reduce the incidences of the injury, manage the injury better and be able to ask all the right questions when dealing with a concussed individual.
The brain is complex, and each injury is personalized. Not only is every brain different, so is every concussion, and the therapy must be tailored to each individual. With this said, only a physician or qualified healthcare professional who has been educated in concussions can recommend a treatment and rehabilitation program. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a specific injury, contact your physician immediately.
Whether you need help dealing with a concussion, need information or other materials or are a concerned parent or coach, we are happy to help. Please contact us with any and all inquiries regarding our field. For emergencies please contact our free number 1.855.223.1002