Concussions are seen as a common thing for kids. Just a bump on the head. It is actually much more serious. Concussions are in fact “mild traumatic brain injuries”. Research was conducted on the medical records of 434 children. Here is what was found:
• 341 of these had a traumatic brain injury
• 32 percent of the 341 had been diagnosed with a concussion
• Many kids were sent back to school and into regular activities prior to when they should have been
• When children are permitted back to school before they should it results in a higher risk (twice as likely) for a second injury
Due to these results it has been questioned if a concussion has a reputation of less severity than reality. It is proposed that concussions should be renamed as “brain injuries” to help people see that concussions are more severe than thought. It was also found in the study that when children were diagnosed with a concussion they were released earlier than if the child was diagnosed with a “brain injury”, though they are completely the same thing. Concussions do leave lasting symptoms which may be very subtle, such as balance.