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post #21 of 23 Old 10-17-2013, 06:40 PM
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Concussions can be cumulative. So she'll definitely need to take care to prevent another, especially in the next few months while her brain heals.

I've personally had a few concussions, and I am certain it has affected me in some way. All three I lost consciousness for several minutes, or so I was told! All were from pretty mundane activities, gym class, a tumble down a few steps, and slipping on ice (at school).

Most research is done on contact sports athletes, but can be applied to anyone with a concussion. Here are a few resarch articles on the matter.

Cumulative Effects Associated With Recurrent Concussion in Collegiate Football PlayersThe NCAA Concussion Study

Cumulative effects of concussion in
amateur athletes

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EMT to add to this: Do not let someone with a concussion sleep, especially if they really really want to. Keep them up, talking, alert. Ask them questions, etc. Everyone here has given great advice - if you see concussion symptoms, it's hospital time!
Actually, that has been proven to be a myth :)

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The key is letting them sleep if they want, just making sure there aren't any symptoms related to increasing inter cranial pressure (which is a massive emergency).
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Yooper, I believe they say that because the lay person isn't going to understand the signs of increased ICP. If someone nails there head they should be treated like it the worst case possible until proven otherwise, especially if there isn't a qualified medical professional around.
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I've come off horses a few times both with and without a helmet (I always wear one now) but the only concussion type injury I've had was when a horse knocked me down when I was on foot.

It was kind of a stupid thing on my part because it was late at night (I was out watering the horses) and when I came back to the house everyone was asleep, so I went to bed too and didn't tell anyone I hit my head or that I got knocked down.

So I went to sleep and the next morning I could barely hear out of my right ear. So after a couple days of that and it not getting better I went to the doctor and he thought I had a mild concussion. My hearing did return to normal, thankfully.

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