Myths and Truths About Concussions
Here are several common myths you might here about concussions and the truth to these rumors:
Myth: Concussion can be diagnosed with a CT scan or MRI.
Truth: Concussions cannot be diagnosed by CT or MRI scan and are not useful in making return to play decisions following.
Myth: Concussion is strictly a physical injury.
Truth: Concussion is a complex diagnosis with physical, intellectual, emotional and psychological manifestations.
Myth: Concussion is only a problem in football and boxing.
Truth: Concussions do not only happen in football and boxing. Concussions occur frequently in basketball, soccer, cheerleading and many others.
Myth: My child has been baseline tested, they took the Brainbook at school.
Truth: Brainbook is a concussion education that Dr. Erickson participated in for student athletes, coaches and trainers. Brainbook is an educational program NOT baseline testing.
Myth: It’s not a concussion if you are not knocked out.
Truth: You do not have to be knocked out to have a concussion. 95% of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness.
Myth: Equipment, such as the right helmet, can prevent concussions.
Truth: Equipment cannot prevent concussions. No football, hockey, baseball, bicycle or other helmet or head gear can prevent concussion.
Myth: Baseline testing will help prevent concussions.
Truth: Baseline testing is a measure of your pre-concussion cognitive abilities, balance, eye movement and fine motor skills. It DOES NOT prevent brain injury.
Myth: “You just got your ‘bell rung.’ Get back out there!”
Truth: There is nothing tough about getting your “bell rung.” Returning to play after this type of injury can result in more serious injury.