What You Need To Know About Concussions

What do concussions do to your brain?

One big reason concussions are so dangerous is that they cause an influx of ions going into your neurons. What does that mean? Ions are used by your neurons to send information from one area to another. Your brain uses a lot of its energy (ATP) to make a gradient of ions that allows information to travel quickly. So when you mess up the gradient of ions, your neurons cannot properly send information from one area to another. Because of that we see the decrease in attention, headache, and pain with light.

Which sports have the highest concussion cases?

  1. Cycling
  2. Football
  3. Baseball/softball
  4. Basketball
  5. Water sports
  6. Powered recreational vehicles
  7. Soccer
  8. Skateboarding
  9. Exercise
  10. Skiing, sledding, snowboarding

These rank the highest visits to the ER due to concussions, this does include doing the sports for recreation.

What should you do after a concussion?

  • Avoid your triggers
  • Don’t think hard, study, or learn new material
  • Take your time and DON’T rush your recovery