There has recently been a lot of talk about concussions in the media (notably, the sports media). It’s good to see that this injury is being recognized as an important new category; not a sprain, strain, or broken bone. Unfortunately, in the sports world at least, it is not widely perceived as any different from a break, strain or strain. In a concussion, a bone, muscle, tendon or ligament is not torn or broken, instead the brain hits the inside of the skull resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). Although people often refer to brain injuries as head injuries, the term head injury can be misleading. In fact, I have often referred to what happened to me in 2003 as “an injury” since I have found it to be a much simpler and less labourious conversation.
Their is no shortage of information about concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and I will try to provide as many important links and as much information as I can.