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CONCUSSION – WE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWERS

 
 

CONCUSSION – THE ISSUES

 

It’s estimated there are 6 to 10 times more concussions than reported


4 in 5 children who suffer concussions are not diagnosed


60% Increase in sports related concussion in the last ten years

 

CONCUSSION – WHAT WE KNOW

• Concussions are under reported or misdiagnosed.
• Attitudes and awareness towards concussion, in the community are not changing as quickly as what is presented in the media.
• Research to date is suggesting that women have worse symptoms and take longer to recover than men.
 
For too long the attitude toward head knocks in sport was ‘get on with the game’ and thankfully this is shifting as we become more aware of the short and long-term risks associated with concussion and head injuries.
This shift in apathy and ignorance toward concussion is the first step in making informed decisions on protecting the brain, not just in sport but at work, at school and in our daily lives.
 

SMART HEAD PLAY – WHO WE ARE

Smart Head Play is focused on the urgent need for greater understanding of the complex issue of concussion. A conservative approach to dealing with a concussion is no longer adequate, we need to know what is wrong and the best treatment for a head injury. We need to understand to enable appropriate rehabilitation.
As a community, we have a responsibility to search for answers using all the talents at our disposal to increase awareness to help the community understand and make informed decisions on protecting the brain.
Dr Alan Pearce is leading the research for Smart Head Play to find the answers for sport and the community. This research is urgently required to understand the complex issue of concussion injuries.
 
 

THE INVISIBLE INJURY

Concussion is the invisible injury – with real consequences. It is a type of brain injury that changes normal behaviour such as memory or balance and because a concussion cannot be seen on an X-ray or CT scan it is known as the ‘invisible injury’.
 

RESEARCH

Research to diagnose concussions requires multi-modality analysis using objective testing methods. The three key stages of this research are:
Evaluation – Accurate diagnosis of concussion
Mitigation and Treatment – Best treatment options
Rehabilitation – Reduce the risks
 
 

EDUCATION

There is an urgent need for greater understanding of the complex issue of concussion injuries. As a community, we have a responsibility to search for answers using all the talents at our disposal to increase awareness to help the community understand and make informed decisions on protecting the brain.
 

LATEST NEWS

Protecting the Brain – Concussion needs to be a community conversation, while injuries in elite, high profile sports will drive awareness and thirst for more information, this is beyond sport. The research must be independent for the benefit of the community.
 
 

EDUCATION

There is an urgent need for greater understanding of the complex issue of concussion injuries. As a community, we have a responsibility to search for answers using all the talents at our disposal to increase awareness to help the community understand and make informed decisions on protecting the brain.
 

ABOUT US

Smart Head Play is a non-profit organisation supporting independent research into the impact of concussion and head injuries in the community.