Myths About Concussions – Presented by NYU Langone Health

In Recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, this educational resource topic focuses on Concussions

Myths About Concussions

While many people think contact sports are the most common cause of concussion, concussions can happen during many types of activities. NYU Langone Health, the Official Partner in Health Education to Section VIII, provides expert insights to debunk common concussion myths.

Myth: You have to hit your head to get a concussion.

     Debunked: A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by sudden head movement – from either a jolt or blow to the head or body.

Myth: You need to lose consciousness to have sustained a concussion.

     Debunked: Loss of consciousness happens in about 10% of concussions.

Myth: You have to have symptoms right away to have sustained a concussion. 

     Debunked: Symptoms can be delayed minutes to days after the impact.

Myth: You have to wake up every few hours during the night after sustaining a concussion

     Debunked: Research has shown that sleep encourages brain healing.

Myth: You can return to sports as long as you feel better.

     Debunked: Lack of symptoms is not the only sign of recovery. A healthcare professional should supervise a gradual return to sports strategy that follows local laws and sporting regulations.

Please be advised that concussions should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.

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