Concussions and CTE What You Need to Know 6 Part Series Part 2 … Part 1 is here
Part one covered concussion, risks leading to it and preventive measures. However, often with all the required precautions taken carefully, concussions still occur. So, you need to know how to identify and deal with a concussion and what complications can arise if it goes untreated.
Are concussions something I should worry about or can concussions turn into something serious?
Since a concussion is considered a mild head injury with flimsy symptoms, it’s hard to identify it in the first place. This potential delay in diagnosis often leads to complications. It’s a head injury after all and alters the chemical balance in the brain. That chemical imbalance, if not fixed in time, is likely to cause brain damage in long term, hence needs careful attention immediately.
However, numerous cases of concussion go missing in athletes and since they keep on playing without providing proper recovery time, the cumulative effect often ensues with destructive results.
Short-term effects of concussion
The short-term effects are mild and symptoms recover on their own without treatment, if you rest properly. Some of the immediate changes you feel after a concussion are:
- Loss of consciousness for a short period or multiple episodes
- Loss of memory of recent events
- Post-traumatic headaches
- Pallor (pale appearance)