Myths & Truths

You hear a lot about concussions these days, but can you separate the truth from the myth?

Some Common Myths About Concussion

Concussion can be diagnosed with a CT scan or MRI
Truth: Concussions cannot be diagnosed by CT or MRI scan.

Concussion is strictly a physical injury
Truth: Concussion is a complex diagnosis with physical, intellectual, emotional and psychological symptoms.

Concussion is only a problem in sports
Truth: Concussions also result from other activities such as falls or car accidents.

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.

Equipment, such as the right helmet, can prevent concussions
Truth: No football, hockey, baseball, bicycle or other helmet or head gear can entirely prevent a concussion.

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.

“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.

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