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In order to talk about how to prevent a concussion, we first have to understand what causes a concussion. Basically, a concussion is caused by a rapid acceleration or deceleration of the brain inside the skull. The brain tissue “stretches” causing stimulation of the brain tissue and disruption of information processing.
This next point is important – you do not need to be hit in the head to get a concussion. A hit to the body can cause whiplash, which can also be the source of a concussion. So, how do we prevent a concussion from happening?
Let’s take a look at three recommendations to reduce the risk of a concussion:
In summary, protective equipment does not significantly reduce the risk of concussion, however, it is very important to reduce skull fractures, dental injuries, and/or soft tissue injuries. It is also important to have properly fitting equipment. Neck strength and stability can help reduce the risk of concussion in scenarios where you are able to see the impact coming and have time to brace for impact. The best way to prevent a concussion is to avoid contact altogether.
However, we know accidents happen. If you suspect you or a loved one may have sustained a concussion, we’re here to help! Ask your physician for a referral to our Total Concussion Care program.
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