The following are well accepted facts regarding concussions:
1. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury.
2. Concussions are sometimes called “mild” traumatic brain injury, but many are not “mild” with long-term disability.
3. Nearly 90% of traumatic brain injuries are concussions.
4. About 90% of concussions occur without any loss of consciousness (i.e. coma, “out cold”).
5. The majority of concussion victims don’t realize that they have suffered a concussion and don’t seek medical care.
6. Most concussions occur without a direct blow to the head. (A blow to the body which transfers the force to the head is sufficient. Most sporting concussions do not involve a direct blow to the head.)
7. The majority of concussions are not diagnosed in the hospital emergency department. (Many studies confirm this fact.
Department of Defense statistics demonstrate that a large percentage are not diagnosed until as long as one month post injury. Some many months later.)
8. Many concussions make a quick recovery of acute objective symptoms but have long term residual problems. (Some concussion experts say that there is no such thing as “recovery” because victims live with life-long residuals.)
9. There are no good objective tests that can conclusively rule-in or rule-out a concussion. The diagnosis of a concussion is a clinical diagnosis.
10. Many concussions get overlooked by the medical community. (Many get overlooked and ignored by the legal community as well.)
11. The most effective treatment of a concussion is diagnosis. (Click of diagnosis facts)