Would you willingly take an impact to the head at a speed of 70 mph? Yet soccer players do when they head a ball during the game! For females, soccer is the most common sport for concussion risk (50% chance); whereas, for males, football is the most common (75% chance).1
Did you know that even a mild injury can result in a concussion for some children?2
Did you know that “If your child has sustained a direct hit to the head, you must consider that they have sustained a concussion even if they don’t show any obvious signs of having one.” 3 This also applies if your child sustained an indirect hit to the body that caused the brain to move rapidly in the head.
By definition, a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury after a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to move around rapidly in the skull. A concussion changes the way your brain normally functions. Headache and dizziness are the most commonly reported symptoms after an impact. But, an estimated 47% of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow!4 Not surprising, since concussions are sometimes not easy to spot. And, less than 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness. Continuing to play sports with a concussion can be life threatening or cause serious complications such as depression, memory problems, confusion, and changes in intellect. And, if you’ve had one concussion, you are more predisposed to further concussions. With multiple concussions, symptoms become more severe and longer lasting with every incident.
Symptoms after a concussion can last for weeks and months after the initial injury. This is known as Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). The risk of PCS is not associated with the severity of the initial impact either. PCS symptoms may include confusion, disorientation, loss of equilibrium, noticeably poor coordination, impaired vision, slurred speech, vomiting, attention deficit, changes in personality, concentration difficulties, forgetfulness, jaw irregularities, cervical tension, nausea, sleep disorders, light and sound intolerance, irritability, lethargy and more. This is where Bowen comes in…
“If an athlete is treated with Bowen while any PCS symptoms are present… [this] readily initiates a swift recovery (in 93% of cases thus far), […] which would clearly seem to override and replace previously sluggish recovery patterns […] A single treatment without follow-up has resulted in the fully stabilized rebalancing effect in 30 of 33 (90%) cases.”5
There are free on-line tools that every parent should keep handy. These tools help you to identify when your child has a possible concussion and when it is safe to return to play. The tool also lists questions to ask your doctor. As a parent, take the time to complete the on-line quiz to familiarize yourself with aspects of concussion. And remember that Bowen therapy has an excellent track record for helping kids get back in the game!
- Sports Concussion Institute, http://www.concussiontreatment.com/concussionfacts.html
- The Brain Injury Association of Waterloo-Wellington, http://www.biaww.com/stats.html
- The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia, “Bowen as Sports Medicine – Safely Resolving Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)”, Craig Mattimoe, 2005. http://www.bowtech.com/WebsiteProj/documents/1701-Post_Concussion_Syndrome.pdf