A concussion is a relatively common injury in many sport and recreational activities. In Australia, high participation sports such as AFL, rugby league and rugby union have amongst the highest rates of head injury in the world.
The reported incidence of concussion in these sports ranges from 3-10 concussive injures per 100 player hours, which equates to an average of five injuries per team per season, regardless of the level of competition. This represents a significant public health issue in active communities. Other sports with high incidents of concussion include; snow skiing, skating, snowboarding, water skiing, BMX, cycling, go-carting, hockey, basketball, cricket and baseball.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an elite athlete or a recreational “weekend warrior”, a concussion is a serious injury. All concussions need to be treated professionally and safely to ensure optimal short-term and long-term outcomes.
It’s not worth the risk.