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Concussions are “Not a Big Deal” and Other Myths Debunked

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is categorized as a traumatic brain injury. When it comes to concussions, there are plenty of misconceptions — and not fully understanding how concussions affect the brain can lead to a lack of proper treatment or no treatment at all. Read on to learn the five most common myths associated with concussions.

Myth #1: You Don’t Have a Concussion if You Don’t Lose Consciousness

While it’s true that a concussion can cause someone to lose consciousness, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) states that 90% of people with concussions do not lose consciousness.

Myth # 2: Hitting Your Head is the Only Way You Can Get a Concussion

You’ve probably heard more about concussions through news media coverage on professional sports players. This misconception can lead many people to believe that the only way to get a concussion is through an intense blow to the head. However, a concussion can occur if the body is hit with a force that causes the brain to rapidly move back and forth against the skull, such as a car crash.

Myth #3: If You Have a Concussion, You Must Stay Awake

One of the most common misconceptions is that you could lose consciousness or fall into a coma if you fall asleep with a concussion. However, BBC News reports that this misconception comes from the thought that if a person has suffered a brain bleed, going to sleep can lead to a rare, potentially fatal complication known as a lucid interval. Internal bleeding is rarely associated with concussions. Medical experts now agree that sleeping is safe for someone with a concussion as long as they are under medical care and their symptoms are monitored.

Myth #4: If You Don’t Have Immediate Symptoms, You Don’t Have a Concussion

In some cases, symptoms of a concussion may not show up for hours, days, or a week after sustaining a head injury. Delayed symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

Myth #5: You Can Go Back to Normal Activities as Soon as You Feel OK

Since it can take several days to a week for symptoms of a concussion to appear, it’s critical to seek medical attention after being struck in the head, no matter how “good” you feel. Returning to sports or other activities without a doctor’s consent can lead to dangerous and potentially fatal complications.

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