We find it interesting people still call concussions “mild brain injuries.” Furthermore, culture makes every attempt to break down the preconceived notion that concussions are nothing serious.
“Just shake off,” they say, or “Man-up.” We can thank educational resources like the dictionary and encyclopedia for perpetuating this misconception. Even Wikipedia, the popular online Web site, plainly states that “The terms mild brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), mild head injury (MHI), minor head trauma, and concussion may be used interchangeably.”
If people believe that a concussion is so mild, we invite them to review the following details:
1) Did you know that the word concussion comes from the Latin word concutere which means TO SHAKE VIOLENTLY.
2) Concussion side effects can include physical,
cognitive and emotional impairments. Think that’s mild? These side effects can range from blurred vision and headaches to convulsion and amnesia. In severe cases, psychiatric disorders and even long-term memory loss (including a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s) are possible. Hardly mild.
Don’t get us wrong, in nearly all cases, people who sustain a concussion will live a happy, healthy and fully functional life. We just need to make sure our facts are straight, especially from the resources we use to learn.
Concussions are a brain injury, not a “mild injury,” not a “mild head trauma”… A brain injury.