Updated: Oct 6, 2019
Ishana talks about all things concussion related.
As most of you now know, the past month, I have been recovering from a concussion. Through my conversations with many of you, its seems that while the term “concussion” gets tossed around quite a bit and you know it can have serious consequences; however, there could be more education around how they occur and how to manage them.
Here’s some quick info that will be helpful if you, or someone you know has a concussion and how to support them through their recovery.
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a hit, blow, or impact to any part of the body. No, not just to the head. Even a sudden twist, turn, or whiplash-type movement can lead to a concussion. If you experience these, it does NOT mean you automatically get a concussion, phew! But when the impact is coupled with symptoms, such as headache, nausea, dizziness etc. it is typically considered to be a concussion. If you do experience these symptoms or others after an impact to the body, go to your doctor to get it checked out. Your doctor will confirm if it is a concussion and advise you on the next steps to your recovery.
The first one is the most important - REST! Depending on the severity of the concussion, you may need up to 14 days of rest before you can start going back to regular activities. Passive treatment can be very beneficial during this time and can be through a Registered Massage therapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, etc. Each practitioner has different ways to help you, and not all therapies are effective for everyone. Your coach can provide more guidance on which practitioner is best for you.
Once the initial rest period is over, you can start concussion rehab. It is best to meet with your coach to discuss what your symptoms are and how to manage them while training. The coaches will adjust your program appropriately as you increase the stress imposed on your nervous system. Be patient, as this process is gradual and can have many setbacks.
Finally, be prepared for some long term consequences. After having one concussion if you haven’t fully recovered, you are more susceptible to another, and the injury will take longer to heal. The brain is a complex organ that can change rapidly. It can be challenging to determine when the concussion has completely healed. However, the longer you can go without symptoms, the more the brain has healed and less likely you are to have set backs.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about concussion management, reach out to Coach Ishana (Who also recently completed a concussion management course)