Three Myths About Concussions

The symptoms of a concussion can vary significantly between individuals says Dr John Manzella. Some people may experience a brief loss of consciousness while others may not even realize they’ve been hurt. Despite these differences, all concussions are traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

A bad headache means a concussion.

One of the most common myths about concussions is that having a bad headache means you have a concussion. However, it doesn’t work like that. The symptoms of a concussion are often subtle and may not appear immediately. They can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

In addition to these classic signs, some people also display more subtle signs such as drowsiness, memory loss, sensitivity to light and noise, restlessness, irritability or depression

Helmets prevent concussions.

It’s a common misconception that helmets prevent concussions, but they don’t. In fact, concussions can happen even with a helmet on.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that players wearing helmets were 2.6 times more likely to sustain a concussion compared to those who weren’t wearing helmets. This is because when you wear a football helmet and have an impact with another player or object, your head moves quickly and forcefully against the interior of the helmet, which causes your brain tissue to collide with your skull and cause damage.

A concussion is traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In most cases, they are caused by a blow to the head. However, concussions can also be caused by other impacts to the body or by chemical exposure to the brain.

A concussion is usually temporary and resolves within 3 months; however, it can have lasting effects for some people. These lasting effects may include: headaches, dizziness, anxiety and depression.


This is why it’s so important to understand concussions and how they affect you. When you have a concussion, you need to take care of yourself by resting and not doing anything else that could make the symptoms worse. But if you don’t know what those symptoms are, or if no one can tell that something is wrong with you, then it’s hard for anyone else to help keep an eye on things! The best way to prevent getting hurt in the first place is keeping safe when playing sports or engaging in other high-risk activities (such as driving). It’s also important for parents and educators alike: teach kids about concussions before they start playing organized sports or doing other activities where they run the risk of getting injured severely enough so that their brains aren’t protected properly anymore.

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