When one thinks about concussions, for many the first association is sports injuries.
Professional football players have grabbed headlines for suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease caused by repeated head injuries.
However, concussions are less serious and more common that those stories may lead you to believe. Most concussions are caused not by a tackle or knock-out punch, but from everyday accidents or car crashes, and most patients experience no long-term consequences.
Consider the case of Gio Douyon, a Johns Creek native. He plays rugby for Georgia State and Atlanta Old White Rugby Club, but his concussion didn’t happen on the pitch.
“Playing a lot of impact sports from wrestling to football and even basketball, I had never suffered a concussion until, ironically, a car accident happened,” he said. “I did wonder if there was going to be long-term effects.”
A concussion is a mild, temporary traumatic brain injury. Symptoms can be evident immediately or show up a few days later. Adrenaline can mask some of the symptoms at first.
Headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, light or sound sensitivity and sluggishness are common signs of a concussion.
“A typical word that a lot of patients will use is foggy or groggy,” said Dr. David Schwartz, a neuropsychologist at the Concussion Institute at Northside Hospital in Duluth. “They can have concentration or memory problems.”
He sees many concussions resulting from incidents as simple as falling down or dropping something on your head.
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