Although a large number of concussions are related to sports and other physical activity, thinking that the injuries are exclusive to athletes is a common misperception.
There are numerous, everyday ways that you might suffer a concussion, including these examples:
1. Falls and tumbles: You don’t need to be on a ski slope to have a fall lead to a concussion. Anytime you stumble or fall and hit your head, you could be at risk. That might be something as simple as slipping on the ice or smacking your head on an overhead beam.
2. Roller coasters: Unlike the coasters of a few decades ago, the latest innovations can whip you around like a rag doll. Because concussions involve the brain moving inside the head, this type of sudden acceleration and fast turning could cause injury, even if you haven’t hit your head on anything.
3. Being shaken: When you’re violently shaken in some way, particularly in an abuse situation, your neck won’t be strong enough to stabilize your head. That significantly increases the risk of concussion because your brain will be sliding back and forth against the inner walls of your skull.
4. Whiplash: Often seen in car accidents and sports, whiplash is when the neck goes through an acceleration-deceleration movement very rapidly — like when someone rear ends your car and you snap forward and back. Much like the damage that happens if you’re shaken, the motion causes the brain to move inside the skull. Cue the concussion.
The good news is that most concussions are resolved within a few days to a few weeks, and require simple rest as a treatment. Some are so minor that they may take only hours to heal.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t instances where the damage is serious, though, especially if you’re at risk for a second concussion. If you think you’ve suffered from a concussive injury, see your healthcare provider or visit the ER to be sure.
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