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Concussions: The Invisible Injury.

| August 27, 2013 | Reply


Rugby is a fab sport but definitely not for the faint of heart!  While it is a high paced, contact sport that is great for the adrenal glands and cardiovascular system, rugby can wreak havoc on your body.  Aside from the commonly thought of injuries of sprain/strains and broken bones, rugby players have an increased risk of concussions. 

What is a Concussion?

Concussions are extremely dangerous injuries because you cannot see the damage, and sometimes, the initial symptoms are unclear.  Many people believe that a concussion happens when you lose consciousness, when in reality getting your “bell rung” is also a concussion.  What causes concussions?  When your body experiences a collision, either with an opponent or hitting the ground, your head can be snapped back then forward.  Since your brain is essentially floating in fluid, it will slam in to the back of your skull then in to the front of your skull.  This force causes a bruise to the areas that were impacted. 

What do Concussion Symptoms Look Like?

Every concussion has a range of symptoms that can include: headaches, blurred vision, changes in sleep habits, balance problems and changes in your mood…just to name a few. Any signs of these symptoms should result in removal from play until a health care provider experienced with concussion care says it is ok to return to play.  Subsequent concussions can increase in severity, so it is better to air on the side of caution when we are talking about your brain. Visit the CDC’s webpage for more information on concussion signs and symptoms, and more information on prevention and response.


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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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