Concussions Can Change Your Life

At NBO Law, we speak with professional athletes almost every day. Concussions are a common topic and still carry a surprising level of confusion regarding the long term effects of multiple head trauma, despite the abundance of information being put out by the media.

For example, did you know studies show that less than 10% of concussions result in a loss of consciousness? Yes, the majority of concussions occur without a loss of consciousness, according to the CDC.  And many signs and symptoms can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent.  Common concussion symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Double/fuzzy vision
  • Dizziness
  •  Nausea
  • Balance problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  •  Headache
  • Slowed reaction
  • Feeling sluggish, foggy or groggy

Some of these symptoms may not be experienced for hours or even days after injury, such as:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light
  •  Memory loss
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Disorders of taste & smell
  •  Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to Noise

For some athletes, concussion symptoms can last for days, weeks or even a lifetime and may worsen with physical or mental exertion (e.g., weight lifting/working out, computer use, reading).

The CDC sums it up like this, “Traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions.” The sobering reality of these short and long-term changes is that they can lead to life-shattering memory and communication problems, changes in personality, depression and the early onset of dementia.

Concussions and the follow-on conditions that result from repeated brain injury while playing hockey can change your life and your family’s life forever.

I’ll leave you with this insight from Dr. Maryse Lassonde, a highly respected neuropsychologist who has previously worked alongside members of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team who suffered from severe head trauma. Even when the symptom of a concussion appear to be over, the brain is still not yet 100 percent normal.

Make sure you take head injuries and concussions seriously and look into all the available treatment options to fulfill your quality of life such as medical evaluations, diagnostic studies and treatment.

Please feel free to contact my office at 949.452.0700 to discuss your situation and options.

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