The Truth on Concussions: Mythbusters — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1 of 8)

The Truth on Concussions: Mythbusters — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1 of 8)


>>I MAKE SURE MY CHILD
WEARS HER HELMET SO SHE’S NOT AT RISK FOR
A CONCUSSION.>>HELMETS WERE DESIGNED
TO PREVENT SKULL FRACTURES. THEY DO A GREAT JOB. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVEN’T
BEEN ABLE TO DESIGN A HELMET YET THAT
PREVENTS CONCUSSIONS.>>SINCE A CONCUSSION IS
CAUSED BY THE FACT THAT YOUR BRAIN IS SHAKING
IN YOUR SKULL, YOU CAN IMAGINE THERE’S
NO WAY A HELMET CAN PREVENT THAT. IT MAY REDUCE SOME OF
THE FORCES THAT MAY RESULT IN A CONCUSSION, BUT A
CONCUSSION IS NOT EVER GOING TO BE PREVENTED
BY HAVING A HELMET.>>I REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY
WORRIES ABOUT MY SON BECAUSE HE’S ONE OF THOSE KIDS
THAT JUST ALWAYS SEEMS TO BOUNCE BACK.>>WHILE CHILDREN BOUNCE
BACK FROM MOST INJURIES, WE KNOW THAT CHILDREN
TAKE LONGER TO RECOVER FROM CONCUSSION THAN ADULTS.>>CERTAINLY, THERE ARE SOME
CASES WHERE KIDS CAN HAVE A CONCUSSION AND THEY CAN
RECOVER WITHIN A FEW DAYS. BUT THERE ARE DEFINITELY
MANY CASES WHERE KIDS CAN TAKE LONGER, AND SO YOU WANT
TO BE READY FOR THAT AND NOT JUST ASSUME THAT THEY’LL
HAVE A SHORT RECOVERY.>>I THINK SHE WAS OK. SHE DIDN’T PASS OUT. SHE GOT UP AND WALKED
RIGHT OFF THE FIELD.>>A CONCUSSION OCCURS WHEN
THERE’S A HIT TO THE HEAD FOLLOWED BY A DISTURBANCE
IN THE WAY THE BRAIN WORKS. LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
OCCURS ONLY IN ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF CONCUSSIONS.>>IF YOU LOSE
CONSCIOUSNESS, YOU PROBABLY
HAVE A CONCUSSION. BUT EVEN IF YOU DON’T
LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS, YOU MAY STILL
HAVE A CONCUSSION, SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT
TO REMEMBER THAT FACT.>>I WANT TO MAKE SURE
MY DAUGHTER DOESN’T HAVE A CONCUSSION. CAN YOU DO A CT SCAN?>>THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC
TESTS THAT PROVE YOU HAVE A CONCUSSION. MRI AND CT SCAN DO NOT
DEFINITIVELY SAY YOU HAVE OR DO NOT HAVE A CONCUSSION.>>WHAT THEY’RE USED FOR
EARLY ON IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IS TO SEE IF YOUR CHILD
HAS A BLEED IN THE BRAIN, NOT TO DIAGNOSE
A CONCUSSION. SO IF YOU GET A CT, IT’S
NOT MEANT TO DIAGNOSE A CONCUSSION. IT’S MEANT TO RULE OUT
A MORE SEVERE INJURY, SUCH AS A BRAIN BLEED.>>I’VE HEARD IT’S IMPORTANT
TO WAKE UP A CHILD IF THEY HAVE A CONCUSSION JUST TO
MAKE SURE THEY’RE OKAY EVERY COUPLE OF HOURS. IS THAT REALLY TRUE?>>YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAKE
UP YOUR CHILD EVERY COUPLE HOURS AT NIGHT IF YOU’RE
WORRIED ABOUT A CONCUSSION.>>IN FACT, WAKING
THEM UP MAY SLOW DOWN THE HEALING PROCESS.>>IT’S REALLY
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, THEN, THAT REST IS THE MOST
IMPORTANT TREATMENT FOR A CONCUSSION, AND WAKING YOUR
CHILD UP EVERY COUPLE HOURS OVERNIGHT WON’T HELP THEM
GET THE REST THAT THEY NEED TO RECOVER FROM
THE CONCUSSION.>>I CAN HANDLE THE PAIN. I CAN PLAY THROUGH THE PAIN. I THINK I’VE PLAYED
THROUGH CONCUSSIONS BEFORE.>>SO IT’S IMPORTANT
TO REALIZE THAT WITH A CONCUSSION, THERE IS
NO GAIN FROM PAIN, THAT IF YOU PLAY
THROUGH THE PAIN, YOU RUN THE RISK OF ACTUALLY
MAKING YOUR INJURY WORSE AND POTENTIALLY MISSING MORE
THAN JUST A FEW GAMES, AND POTENTIALLY
THE ENTIRE SEASON.>>IMMEDIATELY
AFTER THE INJURY, THE BODY IS
TRYING TO HEAL ITSELF. AND IF YOU DIVERT FUEL FROM
THE BODY BY EXERCISING OR DOING TOO MUCH COGNITIVITY,
YOU SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS. IF, DURING THAT
PROCESS, YOU GET HIT AGAIN, THE CONSEQUENCES CAN BE
CATASTROPHIC AND CAN INVOLVE MONTHS TO RECOVER.>>THE QUICKEST WAY TO GET
BETTER FROM A CONCUSSION IS TO TAKE CARE OF
IT RIGHT AWAY, PULL YOURSELF OUT, AND
GIVE YOURSELF THE CHANCE TO GET BETTER. ONCE YOU’RE BETTER, YOU’LL
ACTUALLY GET BACK TO PLAY PROBABLY SOONER THAN IF YOU
CONTINUE TO PLAY THROUGH THE PAIN.

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