CONCUSSION 101

Do you have a child that plays a contact sport? Do you find yourself clenching your teeth every time they get hit? – With an estimated 43 million concussions happening every year, Alpha Kinetic is not only passionate about concussion rehabilitation but concussion awareness and education as well.

The center for disease control and prevention defines a concussion as “A type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.”  

We produce a strong wellness and recovery approach when it comes to concussion. Due to the fact that concussions cannot be seen on MRI or CT Scans, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

Here are a few signs and symptoms:

A headache or a feeling of pressure in the head

Temporary loss of consciousness

Dizziness or “seeing stars”

Ringing in the ears

Nausea

Vomiting

Slurred Speech

Delayed response to questions

Apart from physical signs, you may also experience a range of cognitive changes such as:

Difficulty thinking

Difficulty remembering

Trouble concentrating

Fatigue

Confusion or feeling as if in a fog

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after an injury to your head, It is strongly encouraged that you visit your doctor or a medical care facility immediately. Symptoms could last anywhere from weeks to months depending on the severity of the concussion.

Individuals who return to activities before recovering from a concussion are more likely to sustain a second concussion with more severe symptoms. However, once the brain has healed and with a physician’s approval, an athlete can gradually start returning to physical activities. Every concussion is unique. It is important to listen to your body in your recovery process.

For more information on the concussion technology AlphaKinetic offers visit our website alphakinetic.ca and follow us on social media @alphakinetic_

AlphaKinetic’s Response to the CBC Article: CFL to add extra official to watch for head shots

The smelling salts are gone and concussion spotting officials have been added to the field, but how are these changes actually protecting a player’s long-term brain health?

Research released from McGill found that only 28% of concussed CFL players will seek treatment for a concussion. It’s no better in the NCAA with only 1 out of 27 concussions being reported.

Today’s young athletes are now witnessing first-hand the devasting impact of repetitive concussions as they watch their childhood idols struggle to remember their glory days and, in some cases, form a simple sentence. There is a better way to protect the players putting their lives on the line every game.

Read the rest on AlphaKinetic co-founder’s Medium blog here.