What is a concussion?
The medical community is currently lacking a uniformed definition of a concussion.
At Phoenix, we agree with the medical professionals who believe a concussion and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are equals in severity.
The CDC defines a concussion as:
“a TBI caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.”
A direct hit to the head is not required to suffer a concussion i.e., whiplash injuries in car accidents where the injured person’s head only rocks back and forth but does not come into contact with the windows or steering wheel.
This is an important fact to remember because the misnomer that a direct blow is required leads to many undiagnosed injuries per year!
Who gets a concussion?
Concussions are NOT just a sports injury. Of the 5million annual concussions in the US, only 2.1million are related to sports!
Other causes of concussion:
- Playground accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Military incidents
- Domestic violence