Concussion - what can be good to know

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A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. A concussion can occur in both direct and indirect violence. Concussions happen when someone receives a blow to the head or anywhere else on the body that causes the brain to accelerate or decelerate inside the skull. Those forces cause disturbances in brain cells that ultimately result in an energy deficit. Energy levels (ATP) will continue to drop for the next 3-5 days after the trauma, this means that symptoms can develop during this period.

The majority of our injuries that occur to our body are visible, sometimes through an open wound, bruise or a fracture. A concussion is not visible from the outside, therefore it is also difficult to understand the damage, but is primarily based on how the injured person describes how they feel. Common symptoms experienced during the first few days:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Feels like “slow motion”
  • More tired than usual
  • Low energy

Concussion has a good prognosis, most individuals recover within 2-3 weeks. But there is a risk that active people return to activity too soon, so it is important that you undergo careful rehabilitation where you are challenged step by step.

One of the treatments that has shown the strongest results in research after a concussion is physical activity and above all cardio. That is why heart rate-raising training is also a central part of the rehabilitation model used in Brainsafe.

One of the most common mistakes that people make when they have suffered a concussion is to completely isolate themselves in a dark room and rest. At the beginning of your rehabilitation, you should definitely take it easy, but make sure to adjust the exposure to a level that you can handle. Lying down in a dark room and sleeping off a concussion is unfortunately not possible and is a mistake. After 24-48 hours after a concussion, according to research, active rehabilitation has shown the best results.

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