09 Aug The Life Long Effects of Concussions
Helmets Don’t Work Every Time.
Every day you hear about professional athletes retiring long before their prime due to the long lasting effects of concussions. Football and hockey players absorb hit after hit on a daily basis, and just one hit can cause severe cognitive brain damage that affects the way they live for the rest of their lives. Soccer has seen more and more talented athletes leave the game in order to live a healthier life.
After you experience a concussion, post-concussion syndrome sets in. This condition occurs when the symptoms of concussions, like severe headaches, nausea and dizziness remain a constant presence in your everyday life. The syndrome can linger for days, weeks, months or even years.
As concussion victims age, there is a noticeable deterioration in their health and overall ease of movement. As their lives go on, the symptoms they first experienced when they got the concussion seem minimal, because the effects may be worsening as the years pass.
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If a person continues to play in sports that entail constant physical contact after receiving multiple concussions, or even just a single severe one, they will most likely experience these life-long effects:
- Daily migraines – The sudden impact and severity of a concussion rattles the brain, crippling the person with an enormous migraine that feels like it’s never going to end. The migraines often cause the eyes to be sensitive to light, forcing the patient to stay out of daylight and live like a recluse for many days at a time.
- Memory loss – Problems with memory and a lack of the ability to pay attention is another common effect. Both short term and long term memory loss can be a result and it is difficult to obtain treatment that is successful.
- Nausea – With the migraines comes nausea. The constant head-pounding feeling begins to make the patient feel like they are going to be sick. Due to the traumatic brain injury, the body may begin to lack a sense of balance, the patient can begin to become dizzy and unable to focus. The lack of balance also causes the person to have a difficult time walking without support.
Other effects of concussions include irritability, confusion, trouble sleeping, motion sickness and amnesia. The damage caused by the traumatic brain injury affects the motor system as well as the patient’s cognitive skills.
Cognitive abilities include those that are needed in order to conduct everyday necessities, like brushing your teeth and making breakfast. Your brain needs to be able to tell your muscles and body to move in a way that creates fluid motion. When you experience a concussion, your cognitive skills suffer and you will see a difference in your ability to complete the tasks we all take for granted.
Another result of multiple concussions is Second-Impact Syndrome, which is when a person experiences a second concussion soon after the first. This can lead to dilapidating brain damage that can force an athlete to retire within days. The brain swells to a dangerous level and can possibly, but rarely, mean death from a severe brain hernia.
The brain cannot turn back to its normal state even after just one concussion. The headaches and nausea may be gone, but the symptoms will still linger. The brain may be more sensitive to any kind of impact, whether it’s mistakenly bumping heads with someone or playing loud music. The best thing you can do is to receive treatment from a brain injury specialist at a brain injury rehabilitation center like Cerebrum Health Centers.
The doctors will work with you or your child to reverse the cognitive brain damage and to get the brain as close to normal as possible. Traumatic brain injury recovery can span anywhere from a few weeks to longer than a year.
Please feel free to contact Cerebrum Health Centers today to start your recovery process.