What to do if your teammate has their bell rung

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Due to the dynamic and risky nature of hockey, concussions are an injury experienced by hockey players. A concussion is a brain injury that may be caused by a direct blow to the head, neck or face or indirectly by a blow to the body that transmits force to the head. The damage can occur from the brain being jarred around in the skull. Unlike adult recreational hockey, in contact hockey, body checks into the boards are most often the basis. Helmets are great for protecting the skull, but a helmet cannot stop the force of a body check from being transmitted to the brain or from a direct blow to the neck.

Concussions can cause the athlete to lose consciousness, but at times the concussed individual remains conscious after the injury.  Since concussions do not show up on any X-ray, CT or MRI scans, these injuries are often difficult to diagnose and are not always recognized right away. Recent research demonstrates the possible long term consequences of concussions can span from frequent headaches, sleep disturbances and impaired cognitive functions to permanent brain damage. Research on concussions has come a long way in the last few years, but it is understood that many aspects of head injuries are still unknown and much more exploration on the subject is required. 

Signs & Symptoms 

As a recreational hockey player, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions so they can be recognized. Identifying a concussion as soon as possible is key in preventing long term consequences that may affect the individual for the rest of their lives. A sign is something that is observed about the athlete by another person, usually a teammate or later on by a medical professional. A symptom is something that the injured athlete is experiencing and reports to others. 


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Our knowledge about concussions is continuously expanding as research is being done; athletes and coaches alike are more aware of what to look for in an injured player and the potential effects it might have on the athlete’s future. That being said, the symptoms and signs of a concussed athlete tend to be quite subjective and variable which makes it difficult to diagnose. As a dedicated adult hockey player, it’s challenging to discipline yourself to take the necessary rest and time away from hockey when the healing time can be so unpredictable. It’s important to think of the big picture and take the required rest to be symptom free before returning to sport. If a doctor prescribed you a medication to take daily, you wouldn’t stop it early would you? Rest is your medicine- take it! 

Posted on June 23, 2014 and filed under What's Up.