By its very nature, a concussion is unexpected, so it is tough to prevent. But there are several common-sense precautions you can take to lessen the possibility of traumatic brain injury.
- Wear protective equipment. Participation in high-contact, high-risk sports such as football, hockey, boxing, and soccer can increase the likelihood of a concussion. Skateboarding, snowboarding, horseback riding, and roller blading are also a threat to your brain's health. Wearing headgear, padding, and mouth and eye guards can help safeguard against traumatic head injuries. Wearing a bike helmet can lower the risk of traumatic head injury by 85%. Ensure that the equipment is properly fitted, well maintained, and worn consistently.
- Drive and ride smart. Always wear a seatbelt, obey posted speed limits, and don't use drugs or alcohol, because they can impair reaction time.
- Don't fight. Concussions are often sustained during an assault, and more males than females report traumatic head injuries.
What can happen?
There many things that can be affected by a concussion. The damage can affect Cognitive, Physical, Emotional, or Sleep elements. Please see the diagram to the right for more, and click on it for more.
There's an excellent book written about Concussions. It focusses on the prevention, gives help to cope if you receive one, and "real stories" to help you understand that if you receive one, you're not alone. Please click here to see it.