If you've ever suffered from a concussion, especially from sports, you know just how frustrating it can be. Not only do you deal with constant headaches and pain, but you are suspended from playing sports until all symptoms are healed.
As per a dictionary, a concussion in basic terms is having a sharp or hard blow to the head causing your brain to shake against your skull.
As an athlete myself, I know how irritating it is not being able to play your sport even though you think you are fine. I've had several concussions without even knowing it, and with each game and heading the ball (in soccer), I just made my problem worse and worse, unknowingly. Finally, after getting really bad headaches any time I made head to ball contact and the finally getting into a fist fight, it was time to go to the doctors.
After discussing my symptoms, I had to take a SCAT-2 test. Basically, it is a oral and cognitive test that assessing the severity of your symptoms. Primarily, I only had really bad headaches, especially at work which had very irritating fluorescent lighting. Then, I had to go to about 6-7 hospital visits lasting anywhere from 1-6 hours long, talking to a psychiatrist, being prescribed ADHD medication for post-concussion concentration problems, MRIs, cognitive testing, and getting prescription glasses for eye muscle problems. It's almost been a year since I first visited the doctor for these concussions and it's still not over.
This just shows how serious concussions are to be taken, as they are cumulative, meaning the more concussions you get no matter if you are healed from the previous ones, the symptoms and your brain health will get worse and worse.
It is always best to go to the doctors at first sign you think you may have a concussion. This mean, if in sports, any time you may get hit harder than normal in the head. It is very common in sports for people to become unconscious. Obviously you want to go to the doctor as soon as you can, so they can assess you. The rule of thumb is until you feel symptom free, you cannot return to sports.
If you do have a concussion, it is recommended to obviously not play sports, or any type of physical activity. If possible, even taking time of work or school. Also, to fully heal in the quickest amount of time possible, they say to not even read, use your cellphone, or watch tv as you want your brain to be at complete rest to heal.
Usually, you will get headaches almost daily, or at least that happened in my case. The only thing you can really do to help this is to take Advil or Tylenol, tea, lots of water, and sleep.
After Your Concussion
Obviously, you will be able to go back to playing sports. Though, it may not be recommended you play as rough or play as much, as these both risk another concussion. As I said, concussions are cumulative and if you get another one, you are at risk for more brain damage and worse symptoms that may be irreversible.
In conclusion, having a concussion sucks. The constant headaches are not worth it. Just make sure to be a little more careful while playing sports and on't do anything to risky, or risk your brain's health.