5 Common Misconceptions Around Concussions

For decades, Zwicker Hockey has been the go-to shop for hockey equipment in MA.  With the vast amount of hands-on experience that we’ve obtained over the years, we’ve also heard a lot of misconceptions about the perils that sometimes come with it.  Let’s face it; hockey is a tough sport.  Hard hits and skating collisions are inevitable, so the injuries that may come with them are as well.  Although many injuries are easily spotted and diagnosed, concussions can be a bit tricky.  In this article, we’re taking a looking at five of the most common misconceptions concerning concussions.

If you didn’t lose consciousness, you don’t have a concussion

Probably the most common misconception about concussions is that you have to lose consciousness.  In reality, only are 10% of diagnosed concussions experienced the loss of consciousness.  Likewise, a hard hit that involves the loss of consciousness doesn’t necessarily mean you have a concussion.

Concussions are only caused by hits to the head

Most of us associate concussions with sports related injury.  While many of them are caused by hard hits during play, there doesn’t have to be contact to obtain this type of injury.  Concussions also happen from abrupt jolts to the body that shakes the head.  Car crashes and falls are common examples.

Symptoms of a concussion are obvious right away

Concussions are tricky to diagnose.  Even if you have a small cut or bruise, you can’t see a concussion. In fact, symptoms can take days, if not weeks, to appear.  When signs of a concussion do surface, they vary for everyone.  Some people experience symptoms for a few minutes while others have symptoms that linger.

A concussion is a concussion no matter what the symptoms

While a concussion is, yes, a concussion, they are graded on severity.  Grade one is mild, grade two is moderate, and grade three is severe. Considered factors include loss of consciousness, equilibrium, and amnesia.  To give you a better idea, grade one concussions last less than 15 minutes with no loss of consciousness.

If you feel okay, there’s no reason to follow protocol

As we mentioned, it can take up to a week for the symptoms of a concussion to appear.  So, whether you’re feeling like you may have something going on or feeling like a million dollars, always follow the protocol that your doctor recommends. Typically, the concussion protocol involves a period of time based on physical and mental rest.

For all of your MA hockey equipment needs, choose Zwicker Hockey.  Since 1932, our dedication and commitment have made us one of the most trusted hockey stores in Massachusetts. Stop by today and have peace of mind that you’ll leave game ready!

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