Myths and Facts About Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury



Audrey McKinlay


Audrey McKinlay
Vicki Anderson
Keith Yeates



Over the last 10 years there has been an explosion of information regarding the importance of concussion/mTBI and appropriate care and management following an injury event, particularly for children. However, despite this explosion of information, research has demonstrated that members of the public hold a lot of misconceptions. These misconceptions are associated with an under identification, with many individuals holding extreme beliefs about the acute affects and outcomes following a concussion/mTBI event. This lack of understanding is important because it can lead to fearfulness about what will happen after concussion/mTBI, and a lack of appropriate treatment and rehabilitation being sought.

This symposium will cover the following areas:
1. Outcomes of multiple injury
2. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
3. "If people try hard they can overcome the effects of mTBI"
4. "After concussion brain imaging shows damage"
5. "You should remain inactive until all the symptoms subside"
6. Role of the family
7. Role of personal characteristics
8. Outcomes with appropriate management



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