Skiing and concussions
December 6, 2012
Since moving to Whistler last year I have added more details to my case history regarding questions on concussions. I have noticed that many of the skiers, snowboarders and mountain bikers are sustaining multiple concussions.
I have recently started wearing a helmet all the time when I ski after a patchy opening season with rocks and plenty of sharks fins just below the surface. I used to enjoy skiing without hat as practiced by many Brits but now find that it’s not worth the risk. I’m not mad keen on a helmet but a friend recently recommend that I get a new one that I like that complements the rest of my ski gear. A full face option might be a bit over the top as I’m not that into hucking off anything too high so am hoping that my knees and face won’t come into contact with each other too soon.
Following a bang to the head what symptoms should you look for?
3). Memory loss
5). Nausea and vomitting
If you’re riding with friends and one of you sustains a bang to the head look out for these symptoms and get them some medical help. Many will say they feel fine but even if they have had a temporary loss of conciousness but they need to be thoroughly examined and investigated by a medical professional. After a bang to the head it is best not to head straight to the bar as alcohol can make the symptoms worse.
Depending on the severity symptoms can last for prolonged periods of times. A serious concussion or multiple minor concussions can sometimes lead to some ongoing symptoms such as :- poor concentration and memory loss, irritability, depression and personality changes, and poor sleep.
If you have any short or long term symptoms the good news is that cranial osteopathy can sometimes help in relieving these symptoms. Cranial osteopathy can help relieve osseous restrictions in the cranium and release restrictions in the underlying dural structures.