Concussions are a serious injury that can arise form heavy impacts tot he body that result in the skull being thrown around, and thus injuring the brain. Unlike a broken leg or an arm wound, a concussion can't be seen and treated immediately. Many people will go for days, weeks, months, and even years without knowing that they've suffered a major head injury. There are many ways to reduce the chances of a concussion, and just as many to prevent them outright, but assessing the effectiveness of each can be difficult.
But we here at CCCA have compiled a list of the Top 4 ways that you can help lower your own risk of a concussion, and help you prevent concussions outright. These are just our 4 choices, but they are incredibly effective.
1. If you're playing a full contact sport, know how to maneuver.
It is not uncommon for injuries to occur in a sport like football, as they involve using one's body as a tool to incapacitate opponents in order to increase the odds of scoring. But when players slam in to one another, they also increase their chances of causing severe damage to their brains. Thus, to reduce the chances of a concussion and severe injury, be sure to know the proper ways to maneuver your body when active on the field. Knowing the proper ways to; tackle, dodge, and take hits, can mean the difference between getting put on the field, and getting put in a hospital bed. This method is good for contact sports like hockey and football, where you throw your weight around, but it's not very effective for sports like soccer or basketball,where your risk of head injury is present, but not as manageable.
2. If something isn't feeling right, don't fight it.
Concussions can go undetected and thus rely on self reporting in order to be diagnosed and treated. Some of the common symptoms of a concussion are; short term memory loss, blurred vision over set periods of time, and a persistent pain at the point of impact. If you feel unusually sick, or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is imperative to seek medical help and get things set up so that you can get treatment. Do not fight the symptoms. This is a valid method, but the human component does make it less effective depending on the individual.
3. A little common sense goes a long way.
Nothing helps prevent injuries like good old fashioned common sense. If you are about to participate in an activity that poses a chance of causing severe bodily harm, consider the pros and cons of going forward with said activity. Don't engage in activities that primarily pose a threat to the skull. This is effective for anyone who is willing to take the time to think things through.
4. Use our Impact-track helmet padding.
Our Impact-track helmet pads are designed to fit into all padding accessible helmets, including football helmets. Additional modifications can be made to allow them to fit inside of hard hats and even military helmets. The sensors have a Bluetooth connection feature that will link any set of pads to our CCCA Concussion Tracker app, and give you up-to-date information regarding the; total number of impacts taken for the day, severity level of impacts taken, recommendations of medical help to seek based on information gathered,