Is it a Concussion or a Brain Injury?

Of course you know that the question isn’t fair – a concussion is a brain injury.  And it can be a pretty serious one.

Debates and discussions are heating up when it comes to concussions – especially concussions among children (remember the Sports Head Injury Controversy).  In a study to be published next month in the journal Pediatrics, the shocking find was that just calling the brain injury "concussion" meant that people didn’t take it as seriously.  If children were diagnosed with "concussion" as opposed to something else (ie "aquired brain injury"), they spent less time in the hospital and returned to school sooner.  In spite of the fact that their injury may be as serious or more serious than others.

Concussion, or brain injury, in children is a serious matter.

And that could be a serious mistake.

Carol DeMatteo, associate clinical professor at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, suggests that it’s time to drop the term concussion and start using mild traumatic brain injury.

DeMatteo says,"Even children with quite serious injuries can be labelled as having a concussion.  Concussion seems to be less alarming than ‘mild brain injury’ so it may be used to convey an injury that should have a good outcome, does not have structural brain damage and symptoms that will pass."

For more about concussion, various types of sports related head injuries and post-traumatic headache or migraine, try:

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  • Emily Jan 22, 2010

    I have had several concussions, and noticed that each concussion needed less impact to have adverse consequences. Sort of like re-injuring a sprained ankle – takes less to hurt it the second time.
    I wish I could blame my migraines I had on the concussions, but had the migraines BEFORE my big pumpkin head bruised my brain! I can see how athletes have cumulative consequences from multiple concussion, so brain injury becomes more evident.

  • James Jan 26, 2010

    Yes, for sure there is a cumulative effect, which is part of the concern that doctors have.

  • Scott Tregaskis Apr 11, 2011

    August 2010 My son sustained a concussion at football practice he was 15, he was out 8 weeks before returning to play,He now gets exercised induced temporal headaches,nausea and dizziness when exercising (cross-fit p 90 x – insanity) or running suicides he does not have these symptoms when just weight lifting, he does take an anti-depressant (fluoxentine) 20 mg for depression,he has had a sleep deprived EEG an MRI and is scheduled for a EKG on the 19th the two formentioned came back normal, with Spring Football some 4 weeks out, we are at a loss as to how we should proceed, Could there still be residual effects or is the medicine causing these headaches CAN ANYONE HELP JUNIOR SEASON LOVES THE GAME

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