Timely & Accurate TBI Diagnosis is Critical to Avoid Long Term Injury

TBI

Education

“Education and recognition remain the most important components of improving the care of athletes with concussions. Education should target all the key individuals involved, including athletes, parents, coaches, school administrators, athletic directors, teachers, athletic trainers, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of concussion recognition and management by players, coaches, and even clinicians.”

American Academy of Pediatrics

The Truth About Concussions

MYTHS

  • You need to be knocked out to have a concussion
  • You will always feel symptoms if you get a concussion
  • Helmets and mouth guards prevent a concussion
  • You can only get a concussion once
  • TBI is not a major cause of death in the U.S.
  • Having multiple concussions is harmless
  • Hitting your head is the only way to get a concussion
  • A normal CT scan or MRI can rule out a concussion

FACTS

  • Fewer than 10% of people lose consciousness when they get a concussion
  • 45%+ of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow
  • While helmets and mouth guards decrease the rate of concussions, there is no evidence that they prevent a concussion
  • After an initial concussion, there is a 2X risk of  a second concussion
  • 155 people dies each day of traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple concussions can lead to long term impairment or even death
  • Concussions can occur from direct or indirect impact to the head, whiplash type injuries, or an injury causing the brain to move rapidly back and forth
  • CT scans can show if there is a fracture or bleeding, and an MRI can show images of brain tissue, but both cannot show if you have a concussion

MYTHS

FACTS

  • You need to be knocked out to have a concussion
  • Fewer than 10% of people lose consciousness when they get a concussion
  • You will always feel symptoms if you get a concussion
  • 45%+ of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow
  • Helmets and mouth guards prevent a concussion
  • While helmets and mouth guards decrease the rate of concussions, there is no evidence that they prevent a concussion
  • You can only get a concussion once
  • After an initial concussion, there is a 2X risk of  a second concussion
  • TBI is not a major cause of death in the U.S.
  • 155 people dies each day of traumatic brain injuries
  • Having multiple concussions is harmless
  • Multiple concussions can lead to long term impairment or even death
  • Hitting your head is the only way to get a concussion
  • Concussions can occur from direct or indirect impact to the head, whiplash type injuries, or an injury causing the brain to move rapidly back and forth
  • A normal CT scan or MRI can rule out a concussion
  • CT scans can show if there is a fracture or bleeding, and an MRI can show images of brain tissue, but both cannot show if you have a concussion

Educational Videos

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn exactly what a concussion is and why it is so important to allow your brain to fully recover.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the physiology of concussions and the long-term effects of suffering one.

Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Chiarelli discusses how repeated exposure to concussions in the military and in impact sports can lead to devastating and potentially irreversible brain injuries.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses the major findings from a comprehensive survey on concussions and sports.

  1. “TBI: Get the Facts,” www.CDC.gov.
  2. “Incidence & Risk Factors of Concussion,” Am J Epidemiol 2004.